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Curated Visual Art Exhibition @ QAF 2020

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QAF's signature Visual Arts Exhibition curated by Jonny Sopotiuk.

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Curated Artists:

Avram Finkelstein

Christopher Lacroix

Dayna Danger

Elektra KB

Flash Collective

David Ng

Jen Sungshine

Micheal Morris

Joseph Liatela

Kama La Mackerel

KUNST

Shauna Dempsey

Lori Millan

Tom Hsu

Xandra Ibarra

Curator Statement

Queer life is a reality of ongoing survival. From government and societal oppression, to family rejection and social isolation our memories and experiences have been defined and shaped by the structures that are designed to contain us.

Our identities and experiences are mediated. Living is a constant battle against and with these systems of containment.

Wicked brings together a multigenerational group of artists living and producing work across Canada and the United States as they explore the body, community, and architecture of homonormativity.

In 2020 we’re learning to live through a new form of containment during a global health pandemic. Our long fight for recognition and the foundations of community infrastructures that we created to sustain us are being fundamentally questioned.

We’re now asked to rethink how we build individual and collective responses to queer and trans trauma and erasure?

With new connections and intimacy now mediated by requirements to shelter in place, artists critically examine our communities’ oppression and expose implications of complicity in the homonormative systems created to contain us.

Jonny Sopotiuk is a visual artist, curator and community organizer living and working on the Unceded Indigenous territories belonging to the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh-ulh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and Tsleil-Watututh peoples in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His interdisciplinary practice explores compulsion and control through the lenses of production, labour, and work. Jonny is the President of the Arts and Cultural Workers Union (ACWU), IATSE Local B778, Vice-President of CARFAC BC and a founding member of the Vancouver Artists Labour Union Cooperative or VALU CO-OP.

All online events at the 2020 Queer Arts Festival are by donation to improve accessibility. We rely on ticket sales and donations to bring you Vancouver's only transdisciplinary professional arts festival dedicated to showing the work of 2SLGBTQ+ artists. Now more than ever your donations are critical! Donors who give over $20 will be mailed a charitable tax receipt.

Queer Arts Festival: Wicked July 16 - July 26 | Queer Arts Festival 2020

QAF’s Wicked reimagines identity politics, exposing the implications of homonormativity as erasure. This past decade has seen the mainstreaming of gay; sexual difference wins approval so long as it is palatable, marketable, and doesn’t stray too far from bourgeois notions of taste and morality. The commodification of queer experience is inextricably linked to the pathologization of the queer body, where medical and sociological interventions adjudicate which anatomies and passions are accepted as authentic.

There’s no place like home for the Wicked Witch of the West, green by devilment and through her magical aberrance. QAF 2020 forsakes the yellow brick road that leads only to a man behind a curtain gentrifying our desires. Instead, QAF revels in the quintessentially queer traditions of scandal and excess with visual art, performance, theatre, music, dance and literary events!

QAF’s Wicked runs 11 days from our digital hub, coming soon. Highlights include Jonny Sopotiuk’s visual arts curation; choreographer Noam Gagnon’s raucously vulnerable Swan Song, This Crazy Show; Indigenous Burlesque with Virago Nation’s Too Spirited; and the latest offering from non-binary drag collective The Darlings.

Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.
― Oscar Wilde

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