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On the Queer Screen: Lynx Sainte-Marie and Rah

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ON THE QUEER SCREEN | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 6:30 PM
Join us in this safe space as we watch and engage with films and videos captured through a queer lens. After the films, the directors will join Anu Radha Verma of Qtbipoc Sauga for a discussion and Q&A session with the audience! All are welcome. Snacks provided. All gender washroom.

way home (2017) Directed by Lynx Sainte-Marie
Content Warning: anti-Blackness, abuse, abandonment, homelessness, physical violence

Ethnic Roots (2017) Directed by Rah
Content Warning: suicide, harassment, gendered slur, assimilation, implied violence

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LYNX SAINTE-MARIE, Afro+Goth Poet, is a multidimensional artist, activist & educator of the Jamaican diaspora, with ancestral roots indigenous to Africa and the British Isles.

A disabled/chronically ill, non-binary/genderfluid person, they currently reside in Tkaronto (commonly known as Toronto, Canada) in the Dish With One Spoon Territory. They identify within queer and trans, femme, boi, gender non-conforming, crip and spoonie communities, as well as a survivor of abuse and intergenerational trauma.

A poet across mediums, Lynx utilizes multiple art forms – writing, performance, visual art, storytelling, multimedia art installation, short film and song – to engage audiences around issues of identity, adversity, liberation, resiliency and survival at the intersection.

As a public speaker, Lynx has presented, lectured and served as a keynote speaker at several colleges, universities, conferences and symposiums at the national and international level. As a workshop facilitator and consultant, they have trained a plethora of individuals and organizations on various issues related to marginalized communities including but not limited to intersectionality, anti-oppression, sexuality, disability and accessibility, gender diversity, anti-Blackness and decolonization.

Lynx’s work is informed by their chosen families, afrofuturism, Black feminisms, social justice, disability justice, healing justice movements and collective community love.

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RAH is an Iranian-Canadian video, photo and performance artist. Rah has been the recipient of numerous awards and residencies including: Conseil Des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec Grant for Film (2015) and Digital Arts (2014), Studio Das Weisse Haus Residency (Vienna, 2014), Artslant Georgia Fee Residency (Paris, 2014), Ottawa Art Gallery Award of Excellence (2013) and the SAW Video Award (2012).

Further, Rah was invited by the Williams College Museum of Art to create a performance in response to Diana Abu- Jaber’ s book, Crescent. She was also the only Iranian-Canadian artist in SAW Galleries Ciphers: Tension with Tradition in Contemporary Iranian Photography which was curated by PhD. Andrea D. Fitzpatrick and was a first-of-its-kind exhibition of Iran’s most critically acclaimed lens-based artists. In 2012, Rah’s video Eslah, 2012, was published in Art Journal, Vol. 8, a scholarly article written by PhD. Francine Dagenais and was published in Tehran, Iran. Most recently, CineWomen Cahier, a biennial publication based out of Paris dedicated a twelve-page spread to Rah’s work Oreo. Rah’s work has been published and exhibited in galleries and museums internationally.

Rah is represented by Vtape, Canada’s leading artist-run distributor for video art.

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