On Saturday, March 27th, artist and filmmaker Devon Leaver hosted a virtual coffee-talk on her solo exhibition debut ‘Galoot’ at on Instagram Live.
In ‘Galoot,’ Leaver centers her childhood experiences with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD, to provide viewers with a more profound understanding that neurodiversity can be both a challenge and a strength. The exhibition explores themes of social isolation, overstimulation, and affirmation through a Bauhaus-inspired, muppet-like character named Galoot, featured in a series of vignettes that mirrors Leaver’s experiences of trying to fit into a world committed to misunderstanding her.
Devon Leaver’s films have appeared in the Sundance Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, Take 2 Film Festival, Lone Star Film Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, HBO, the Pollock Krasner House, and the Louis Armstrong House Museum. With her creative partner, Chloé Aktas, Devon co-wrote/produced an interactive film, Uncoupled, for Adaptive Studios and Eko, which was sponsored by Warner Music Group. Devon is also a session vocalist and voice actor. She has provided the voiceover for Major League Gaming and Activision Blizzard Entertainment Inc., McKinsey & Company, Class Solver, Crucial Music, and several independent audio dramas. She was both executive producer and voice actor for Vimeo Staff Pick Lance (in a Neckbrace), which premiered on day 1 of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. She was nominated for the 2019 Audioverse awards for her role in the Still Lives radio drama (sponsored by Tapeable) and regularly enjoys breaking traditional storytelling boundaries.