Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2013-14

(Brooklyn, NY)Tara Mateik

Friends of Dorothy

In the lip-sync performance Friends of Dorothy, Mateik conducts auditions in drag as Victor Fleming (director, The Wizard of Oz) and Sidney Lumet (director, The Wiz). Auditions are for the role of Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz and feature real life Judy Garland and Diana Ross impersonators reenacting excerpts from the movies. The same characters, dialogues, and visual references from the films appear repeatedly. These citations and repetitions—misplaced, replaced, and displaced – produce a transfeminist battle cry and construct a complex notion of home through queer iconography.


In his videos, performances, and assemblage, Tara Mateik creates historical reenactments using queer iconography that underscore moments of collective transfeminist resistance. He is a recipient of awards from the Creative Capital Foundation and the Experimental Television Center and his work has been exhibited at international venues including MOMA PS1 Greater New York Cinema, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Dia at the Hispanic Society, Participant Inc., Dixon Place, and Reena Spaulings in New York; Outfest and LACE, Los Angeles, CA; Aurora Pictures, Houston, TX; Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany; and The Images Festival, and Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada. His videos are distributed by the Video Data Bank. Mateik is an Assistant Professor in the Media Culture Department at CUNY Staten Island.