Director J.J. Stratford Challenges The Wrestling Patriarchy With FLOW: The “Future Ladies Of Wrestling”
A Director, multi-dimensional artist and technomancer, J.J. Stratford has built an astronomical portfolio of work exhibited, broadcast, and screened internationally and includes MoCA, Getty Museum, The Hammer Museum, The Palais De Tokyo Paris, and many more. Stratford established Telefantasy Studios in 2004, a mutant movie studio that produces cult television programs, art installations, live shows and music videos, with the “Future Ladies Of Wrestling,” also known as FLOW, being her latest enterprise.
Future Ladies of Wrestling is a no-holds barred multimedia extravaganza created by Stratford in which the wildest interspecies wrestlers battle for the title of Ultimate Multiversal Warrior. On July 4th, FLOW invaded the Moonlight Rollerway in Los Angeles for a patriotic afternoon of wrestle mania antics as part of “Dirty Looks: On Location,” a month-long film and performance festival activating LA’s queer history curated by Women’s Center for Creative Work.
Although there have only been a handful of FLOW shows, including at Rupaul’s Drag Con in Los Angeles this past year, people love its subversive vibe. “I knew the shows would be fun, but I never expected the crowd participation to be so high level,” Stratford shares. “At our second show, more people showed up than could fit inside the venue. Some fans were outside crying because they couldn’t get in.”
J.J.’s next upcoming event is a large-scale video installation for a concert featuring legendary synthesizer musician Suzanne Ciani on Friday, August 3rd. For more info, check out: http://ambient.church/work/losangeles/