The Deaths of Billy the Kid Text

Toronto artist Roger Bywater is presenting a solo exhibition exploring the representation of legendary outlaw Billy the Kid in an installation in the Ballroom Gallery. Presented will be extracts of scenes of the outlaw's final minutes from two Hollywood films. Scenes from the films will be juxtaposed cinematically, using shot-by-shot comparisons of the two stories, which detail the ways in which the Hollywood Film Industry uses storytelling in constructing myth and fantasy. The result is an exploration of the prejudices, fantasies and neuroses of the culture in which these films were created.