For youth only! A personal tour of the Two-Spirit art exhibition, UnSettled, by curator Adrian A Stimson. Snacks will be provided.
Curated by Adrian Stimson (Siksika), UnSettled deploys artistic and critical discourse to focus on Two-Spirit resilience with work addressing power, representation, sexuality, language, body, tradition, memory, colonial narratives, and knowledge sharing.
«For too long, the absence of representations of Two-Spirit people, art, and being from contemporary popular culture has been equally embedded in hegemonic practices of colonization. With UnSettled I explore the art and being of Two-Spirit* artists, and in turn, they expose the issues of historical extermination of Two-Spirit people, the lack of alternative aboriginal sexuality and gender in contemporary Western culture/media, the Two-Spirit movement and future as a part of the reclamation of Two-Spirit identity and practice.”— Adrian Stimson
*The term “Two-Spirit” is used by many Indigenous people to describe their gender, sexual and spiritual identity—often inclusive of all Indigenous LGBTQ+—in reclaiming and restoring traditional Indigenous concepts suppressed by colonial heteronormativity.
Adrian Stimson is a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation in southern Alberta. He is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator with a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art & Design and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. His artistic and curatorial work explores ideas of identity and the re-signification of post-colonial history, by turns playfully parodic and gut-wrenching, acting as testimony to the treatment of indigenous peoples in Canada. Stimson was awarded the Blackfoot Visual Arts Award in 2009, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003 and the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 for his human rights and diversity activism in various communities.
Artists: Ahasiw Maskegon-Iskwew, Aiyyana Maracle, Barry Ace, Cease Wyss, Dayna Danger, George Littlechild, Artist, Jessie Short, John Powell, Michelle Sylliboy, Mike MacDonald, Raven John, Richard Heikkilä-Sawan, Robert Houle, Rosalie Favell, Thirza Cuthand, Ursula Johnson, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, & Wanda Nanibush.
In partnership with Broadway Youth Resource Centre & Directions Youth Services
This event is scent-reduced. Please help us keep this a welcome space for everyone and refrain from wearing scented products while attending QAF events.
This event is fully wheelchair accessible.
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. We recognize their sovereignty, as there are no treaties on these lands, and we are dedicated to building a new relationship between our nations based on respect and consent.
More information: queerartsfestival.com, Queer Arts Festival
Direct link to the event page: queerartsfestival.com/event/youth/