My solo, movement-based works made for stage, print, chosen sites, and new media explore the dark regions of the female psyche to reveal an unsettling, absolute beauty. Working from my subconscious, a nonlinear visual narrative emerges that combines deep presence with autobiography, strangeness, poetry, and catharsis. Through this descent into the unknown, an experience of empathy between myself and the audience is created wherein each viewer is invited to reflect on their personal history and future visions.
Jil Guyon is an award winning visual and performing artist based in New York City. Her performance-videos have been screened at Lincoln Center’s “Dance on Camera Festival,” “Cinedanse Quebec,” “Fashion Art Toronto,” “Women and Fashion FilmFEST” at Symphony Space (Best Experimental Film), “San Francisco Dance Film Festival,” and “NOW New Music Festival,” among others. As part of the “Toronto Urban Film Festival” curated by filmmaker Guy Maddin, her performance-video, Widow, was seen throughout the Toronto mass transit system, averaging over two million riders/viewers per day. Guyon’s interdisciplinary performances have been staged in Austria, Germany, Japan, Canada, and the U.S., as well as at various site-specific locations, from New York City’s landmark nightclub Webster Hall to a monastery crypt. Her collaborative work includes appearances alongside Kiki Smith and Alvin Curran in Joan Jonas’s Variations on a Scene at “The Wave Hill Dancescape” in Riverdale, NY, and as a guest artist in Noemie Lafrance’s Agora II at the McCarren Park pool in Brooklyn. Film credits include Eyes, Nose, Mouth directed by Noemie LaFrance, Tales of Creation directed by Bob DeNatale, and H.U.G., by Julie Troost. She is also a regular performer with the satirical butoh group “Celeste Hastings and The Butoh Rockettes.” Guyon’s critically acclaimed multimedia theater piece, At the Borders of Eternity, based on The Diary of Anne Frank, starred celebrated German actress Elfriede Irrall, and was featured on ORF television (Austria). It is part of the collection of the Kulturarchiv in Vienna, and was the first theatrical work granted exclusive use of the diary.
Jil Guyon is a Lumiere prize (Canada) nominee, and a recipient of the IndieFEST and Global Shorts Awards for Excellence in experimental film, an Accolade Award in experimental film, the Magistrat der Stadt Wien Award (Austria), Harriet E. Eagleston Fellowship, and an Artward Bound Residency at White Oak Plantation, funded by the Howard Gilman Foundation. Teaching credits include St. John’s University, Parson’s School of Art of Design, and Hampshire College-Amherst. Guyon was previously Curatorial Associate at Neue Galerie New York where she designed and wrote the “Schiele and Contemporary Culture” section of the Egon Schiele catalogue raisonné that accompanied the exhibition. She holds an MFA in painting and art history from Hunter College where she studied with Rosalind Krauss and Robert Morris.