Queer Arts Festival @Roundhouse, Davie St at Pacific Blvd.
The Signature Exhibition of QAF 2017: UnSettled
The Queer Arts Festival’s two spirit curated exhibition entitled UnSettled, by Siksika visual art curator Adrian Stimson, continues each night starting at 7pm. UnSettled shows until June 28. The art truly tells a story and will cause you to think deeply. Let’s just say, one can feel the emotion some of the pieces can induce.
Drop in Workshops
Technical Knockouts, a place to create for young artists. Open to all genders, all nations, and all affiliations. No experience necessary.
Drop in workshops by a female centred music production, tech and songwriting. There is a drop in DJ lab. Signing up in advance is encouraged, but not required. You can get to the sign up page here.
Drop in Times are:
Thu Jun 22 | 2:30pm-4:30pm | Roundhouse Room C
Fri Jun 23 | 10:30am-12:30pm | Roundhouse Room C
Fri Jun 23 | 5pm-7pm | Roundhouse Room C
Sat Jun 24 | 3pm-5pm | Roundhouse Room C
Sat Jun 24 | 7pm-9pm | Roundhouse Room C
Sun Jun 25 | 1:30pm-3:30pm | Roundhouse Room C
Dance and Theatre Workshop with lemon Tree creations. Indrit Kasap of lemon Tree leads the workshop through the creation process “the grid” based on viewpoints. The Grid is a creation process that has been used to generate material for several productions. Several other elements will also be explored at the workshop. Ideal for dancers and physical performers, but all are welcome. For more info on The Grid click here.
Talking Two-Spirit and Artist-Led Afternoon
Talking Two-Spirit: Sunday June 25 features a discussion around what is and who is two-spirit from a pre-contact and traditional context. The discussion will incorporate time honoured ways and what is being done to revitalize them. An interactive panel discussion will follow, led by Harlan Pruden, and including panelists Byron Chief-Moon, Margo Kane, Richard Heikkila-Sawan. For more information on the Two-Spirit Panel with Full Circle click here.
Artist-Led Afternoon focused on teaching through storytelling from local artist and ethnobotanist Cease Wyss. Cease is also referred to as the Indigenous Plant Diva, having trained in this field by Indigenous Elders. Learn more about Cease and Artist-Led Afternoon by clicking here.
Curatorial Statement by Adrian Stimson, Queer Arts Festival visual art curator 2017
“UnSettled explores the art and being of Two-Spirit artists, and in turn, they expose the issues of historical extermination, heteronormativity, the lack of alternative indigenous sexuality and gender in contemporary Western culture/media, it is a reclamation of Two-Spirit identity, theory and praxis”. See the full statement here.
QAF takes place on the traditional, unceded territory of the Coast Salish people, in particular the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwəta? (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.