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February 4, 2022

Submission Call: The Masc And Fem We Wear: The Queer Bodypolitic of Wearing Ethnicity

Hosted by Queer Arts Festival / SUM Gallery

Queer BIPOC writers from all disciplines are invited to submit works centred around the intersections of queerness, ethnicity, gender representation and body image for a night of readings and performance. Curated by award-winning writer and activist Berend McKenzie, each selected writer/creator will be given 10 - 15 minutes, to present work centred around the theme THE MASC AND FEM WE WEAR: THE QUEER BODYPOLITIC OF ETHNICITY. What are the costs of masking or revealing one's inner self under the glaring stage lights of colonialist supremacy? Writers are encouraged to explore how the racialized queer body is projected, and what is projected upon it. How is it eroticized and fetishized? How do the expectations of a salacious white gaze fit, chafe, bind, or even unravel the BIPOC queer body and spirit? 

Submitted work can be older or a new unpacking that fits within the above themes and concepts. This call is open to established and emerging QTBIPOC writers and is open to all literary/word-based disciplines, including (but not limited to): Poetry, Prose, Monologue, Stand-Up, Sermon, Lecture, Rap, and Music.

Selected writers/creators will be invited to perform their work at SUM gallery on Mar 26, 2022. All participating artists will receive a $1,000 honorarium. Additional financial assistance is available for travel and accommodation for out-of-town artists.

Deadline for submissions: Feb 4, 2022 


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.