Outerregion is an afrofuturist performance company creating meaningful intercultural social exchanges that disrupt the expected and engage the public in unusual ways. We enable participants to take risks, gain new insights and open themselves to new ways of looking at and understanding themselves and each other.
Camille Turner, Karen Turner and Sherisse Mohammed, the members of Outerregion, first worked together on Camille’s afro-futurist production, The Final Frontier in 2007. Sherisse’s diverse background in film and television was instrumental in organizing the elements of this interactive, performance/media work. She joins us to coordinate projects for Outerregion. Karen was musical director and a performer in the Final Frontier. Outerregion will benefit from her continued contribution of these skills as well as her extensive background in grant-writing and administration. Camille is a media/performance artist who uses the Black body as a site of social investigation. Her projects include The Red White and Beautiful Tour in which she transforms herself into the iconic Miss Canadiana, a beauty queen whose presence challenges assumptions of Canadian identity and normative beauty. The creation of her latest project, The Final Frontier marked the first time she worked collaboratively with other performers, utilizing other Black bodies in her work. Outerregion grew out of her desire to create a sustainable organization to produce new, more complex and ambitious collaborative performance works. Outerregion seeks to further the development of public discourse on diversity and contributes to the emergence of new hybrid artistic practices.
Camille Turner is a Toronto-based artist and cultural producer who uses media and performance to build bridges across cultures and differences. Her performance work includes: Miss Canadiana, a beauty queen on a ’round the world Red, White and Beautiful Tour whose pressence challenges assumptions of Canadian identity and normative beauty. Her new Afro-futurist project, The Final Frontier is inspired by her experience in Lethbridge Alberta and the alien landscape of the coulees. Camille is a founding member of performance company Outerregion and digital collective YZO. She is a curator with Subtle Technologies, a festival that blurs the boundaries between art and science. Camille has presented her work nationally and internationally at numerous conferences, festivals and exhibitions
Karen Turner is an artist, musician, consultant and grant writer based in Hamilton and Toronto. She is the Producer/Stage Manager of Hamilton Folk Arts Heritage Council’s “It’s Your Festival” Annual Gospel Extravaganza Concert. Freelancing as a therapeutic music workshop facilitator, she works with groups such as Divine Divas, a women’s program through Toronto Western Hospital/Women’s Own Detox. She is a freelance keyboarder and served as musical director of Accamba Theatre Workshop. Her performance work includes The Final Frontier in Lethbridge, Kamloops and Toronto including a performance in Nuit Blanche. She performed in Miss Canadiana’s High Tea at Queen West Art Crawl in 2008. She has written numerous successful grant proposals for organizations including The Afro Canadian Caribbean Association in Hamilton. Active on several boards, she has provided her expertise on board governance, organizational capacity building and policy development to the Board of Directors of Subtle Technologies, a festival blurring the boundaries of Art and Science.
Sherisse Mohammed has a broad range of experience working in production, programming and distribution for film and live art events. She has filled diverse roles such as story editor of the documentary film Fleeing the Markets: Paris to Marrakech to audience wrangler for YTV’s That’s So Weird and performing as a fortune teller in Harbourfront Centre’s Spiegel Tent. Her producer credits include The Wall: Fine Art Meets the Street. She co-produced and co-wrote “THE MOVIE CAMPAIGN” and was co-producer of YWCA’s Women of Distinction Video Profile. Sherisse was first assistant director and Production coordinator of The Final Frontier in Toronto and Lethbridge, Alberta.