That’s So Gay: On The Edge

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This spring, I am curating That’s So Gay: On the Edge at the Gladstone Hotel!

That’s So Gay launched 5 years ago as a flirty protest, re-claiming an insult in the face of homophobia. 5 years later, it is essential that we move the conversation of what it means to be LGBTTI2QQ artists beyond its most narrow understanding. Launched on the eve of World Pride 2014, this exhibition necessarily responds to the construction of a simplified “LGBT” community in Toronto, and opens up a space for a broader discussion.

That’s So Gay: On the Edge is a celebration of new projects created by LGBTTI2QQ artists about their experiences intersectionality. The show interrupts the idea of a singular queer community, and highlights the many ways that disability, gender, racialization, Indigeneity, class, immigration status and forms of marginalization interact with and impact on our experiences
of gender and sexuality. The exhibition firmly plants disability arts, critical race theory and anti-colonialism as central to our consideration of queer and trans culture.

Through photography, video, performance, installation projects and large-scale works on paper these 12 artists have playfully and cleverly reshaped the oversimplified dialogue and suggested
that we are edging closer to a new set of possibilities. Together, these ‘artists at the intersections’ beg the question, ‘What is the meaning of having a ‘queer & trans art show’ in 2014?’.

Participating Artists: Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, Daryl James Bucar, Graham Kennedy, Anna Jane McIntyre, Hazel Meyer, Abdi Osman, Alvis Parsley, Elizabeth Sweeney, Rebeka Tabobondung, Mary Tremonte, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Shimby Zegeye

 

Reviews:

Canadian Art

Xtra 

Now Magazine

Toronto.com

 

Crip Your World: An Intergalactic 2QT/POC Sick and Disabled Extravaganza

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Im thrilled to be teaming up with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha through our collective PDA (Performance .Disability. Art) to present Crip Your World: An Intergalactic 2QT/POC Sick and Disabled Extravaganza

Poster for Crip Your World, designed by Syrus Marcus Ware

Poster for Crip Your World, designed by Syrus Marcus Ware

 

Friday, May 7
The Palmerston Library Theater
7-9 PM
560 Palmerston Ave., Toronto, M6G 2P7

Unceded and occupied Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and Three Fires Territories

$10-$20 pay what you can, no one turned away for lack of funds. Childcare onsite, ASL confirmed and an accessalicious setup with wheelchair accessible and fragrance free space.

Featuring brilliant performance, video and sick, disabled, Deaf and crazy genius by:

Atellis The Blue-Joce
k. ulanday barrett
Melannie Gayle
Askari Gonzalez
Rosina Kazi
Masti Khor
Eddie Ndopu
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Billie Rain
Nik Redman/ DJ Nik Red
Syrus Marcus Ware
and more artists getting confirmed this week- watch this space!

Crip your world! In this amazing performance experience, disabled, sick, Deaf and crazy queer and/ or 2POC artists will take you on a journey into our bodies’ genius. Get ready to be transformed by our sexy, complicated, live saving, deeply needed stories. Come to experience the sacred, divine and revolutionary nature of disability.

Upcoming performances and talks!

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Had so much fun leading a Jane’s Walk about the Church Street Mural Project on Saturday!  For more info about the walks…click here!
Projects

Exhibitions

  • (Curating) That’s So Gay: On the Edge at the Gladstone Hotel, June-July 2014
  • (Co-Curating)  Re:Purpose at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, August 9, 2014 – September 7, 2014. Closing reception: RMG Fridays, September 5, 2014, 7pm
Upcoming Talks
Recent Public Talks, Projects and Exhibitions

 

ps- Check out this guest blog project I did with OCAD in January about art & disability!