Peter Kingstone works with video and photography, often experimenting with narrative strategy to explore ideas of personal history and the intangible nature of truth. A documentary work, 100 Stories About My Grandmother is a four channel video installation weaving together portraits of male sex trade workers telling stories about their grandmothers. Sharing family stories may seem banal, but inviting sex trade workers to do so becomes a way of including them in a society all too frequently eager to reject them. Audiences are invited to spend time lounging and listening to the thoughts and memories of an often marginalized community, allowing the talked-about to talk, giving a voice to those who have been voiceless.
About the Artist
Kingstone holds a philosophy/cultural studies degree from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, and Masters of Fine Arts from York University, Toronto, Ontario. His work has been shown across Canada and throughout the United States- most recently 100 Stories About My Grandmother in 2008 at Gallery TPW in Toronto, Ontario. He won the Untitled Artist Award in 2005 for his installation The Strange Case of Peter K. (1974-2004), and in 2007 was the recipient of a Toronto Arts Council Level 2 Media Arts Grant and an Ontario Arts Council Media Arts Council Mid-Career and Established Grant.
Funding and Sponsors
Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts, the City of Fredericton, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Picaroons