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July 24, 2021 - August 13, 2021

Queer Arts Festival 2021 - dispersed: it’s not easy being green

Hosted by Queer Arts Festival / SUM Gallery

QAF’s Gala opening party: With music, dazzling views, and art on multiple levels of the Sun Wah CentreQAF shows artists upcycling & recycling apocalyptic fear & dread into art & social change. Green symbolizes not only our relationship to each other & the lands we occupy, but also difference & marginalization, exemplified by popular culture green underdogs Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West & Rainbow Connection, Kermit the Frog. It’s not easy being green, fighting for a world that consistently rejects us. With imminent climate catastrophe upon us, we witness the world grappling with the end times, but when were the queered privy to life outside the apocalypse? 

Green is the complex terrain of extended kinship ties of Indigiqueer/two-spirit and queer settlers. Green spectrals haunt the hyphened margins of the subaltern; enduring perpetually frequent gaslighting(s) of post-traumatic settler-colonial and concurrent disorders. Together/apart WE endure our own private apocalyptics. Cataclysmic temporal end-points that exist as seemingly fixed and an unavoidable global terminus – from which Indigiqueer/queer resurgence erupts relentlessly into the ongoing colonial.

QAF shows artists cast as see-ers/oracles/alchemists upcycling/rebranding/reclaiming/transgressing/transforming apocalyptic visions towards queer utopic landscapes, transmuting fear, dread and a collective broken heart of forced disslocations with departures and arrivals, using art as transformative praxis and practice towards social and spiritual metamorphoses.

QAF 2021 Dispersed: it’s not easy being green runs 3 weeks from your computer, our home base, the Sun Wah Centre in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, and Vancouver’s only cemetery, Mountain View Cemetery.  to explore, we’re launching the Dispersed QAF in champagne style (have a glass or two or a nibble or three on us) with DJ O Show!

Accessibility

ASL interpretation is available for the following events:

ArtParty! - Festival Opening July 24

Pillows for the Pandemic - Workshop July 28

Queerotica - Literary Readings August 2

Glitter is Forever - Closing Party August 13

ASL interpretation can be arranged upon request for any other QAF events. Contact ben@queerartsfestival.com to submit an interpretation request. Requests must be submitted two weeks prior to the event. More accessibility information available on the QAF website.

Organizations

Queer Arts Festival / SUM Gallery

268 Keefer Street, #425 , Vancouver, BC, V6A 1X5, Canada

Email: info@queerartsfestival.com

The Pride in Art Society (PiA) produces, presents and exhibits with a curatorial vision favouring challenging, thought-provoking work that pushes boundaries and initiates dialogue, including through the Queer Arts Festival (QAF), an annual, professional, artist-run, multidisciplinary festival and SUM Gallery. PiA brings diverse communities together to support artistic risk-taking, incite creative collaboration and experimentation and celebrate the rich heritage of queer artists and art. We harness the visceral power of the arts to inspire recognition, respect and visibility of people who transgress gender and sexual norms.