TSG: That’s So Gay
From top left: Humboldt Magnussen, Christopher Rodrigues, Lido Pimienta, Paddy Leung, Radiodress, Jenna Reid
TSG: Come Together
That’s So Gay (TSG): Come Together
June 8th – August 17th 2016
Opening Reception – June 30th 7-10pm
TSG: Come Together was the Gladstone Hotel’s 7th Annual TSG exhibition; a group show celebrating new works by LGBTTI2QQ artists curated by Syrus Marcus Ware.
The 2016 subtitle (Come Together) refers to many things: a call to action and activism during a year that has witnessed unprecedented coverage of cross-movement building amongst Indigenous, Black and POC Two-Spirited and LGBTTI2QQ communities, collective struggle and the need to unify and call for creative responses to transphobic and homophobic violence that is dis-proportionally affecting Indigenous and racialized trans women. TSG: Come together highlights the need for artistic engagement and responses to propel our activism into a new dimension.The artists will explore what could be possible if we came together, embracing the unprecedented surge in cross-community activism bringing understandings of Indigenous Sovereignty, Black Lives Matter, environmental justice and queer and trans justice together in larger conversation.
Through drawing painting and mixed media artists Christopher Rodrigues, Natalie Wood, Kara Sievewright, and Lido Pimienta will explore intersections of queer and trans history with environmental justice, Indigenous sovereignty, mixed race communities in Canada and family life. Artists Reena Katz (Radiodress), Humboldt Magnussen, Paddy Leung, Vivek Shraya and Jenna Reid will create installations using mixed media, textiles and found objects to explore cultures of resistance, beauty, spirituality and ritual and their connections to queer and trans identity. Video works by Evan Ifekoya (UK), Lia La Novia (Mexico) and Naomi Rincon Gallardo (Germany) will consider regionality, migration and transgender and gender advocacy through creative practice.
TSG: Fall to Pieces
Installation Shot: 2Fik, 2015
Installation Shot: Shira Spector, 2015
In 2015, I curated That’s So Gay: Fall to Pieces at the Gladstone Hotel.
That’s So Gay: Fall to Pieces was a 2 month exhibition of new projects created by LGBTTI2QQ artists about their experiences of disability, radicalization, class, and other intersectional experiences of identity. The show attempts to interrupt the idea of a homogenous queer community and re-imagines what it means to talk about our lived experiences as artists from a diversity of backgrounds.
The subtitle (Fall to Pieces) refers to many things: the ways that the once rigid borders in the LGBTTI2QQ communities are become permeable, perhaps even falling away; the desire by many of the artists in the show to tear down the policed borders of nationalism; helping to disappear the concept of dichotomous genders; and giving voice to the very real way that we feel emotion- encouraging a frank consideration of sadness, joy and fear in our lives, and the ways that our creativity supports our resiliency.
Artists included: Joshua Vettivelu, Shira Spector, Lauren Hortie, Pablo Muñoz, Andrew Zealley, Dana Inkster, Micha Cardenas, Calder Harben, Spencer James Harrison, Joey Suriano, 2Fik and Sly Sarkisova
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That’s So Gay: On The Edge
(TSG: On the Edge Installation Shot:Artwork installation by Hazel Meyer, 2014.)
In 2014, I curated 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