Friday, May 12, 2017
Queer Arts Fest kicks off June 17
Robert Forzley, QAF/Submitted image
nSettled is curated by Two-Spirit and queer-identified Indigenous artists, and developed in collaboration with Indigenous arts organizations.
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 concepts suppressed by colonial heteronormativity.
UnSettled presents work from a Two-Spirit perspective, exploring contemporary roles and experiences, as well providing a platform for innovation and experimentation at the intersection between the Indigenous and queer art milieux.
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.
Highlights include performances by Cris Derksen, Kinnie Starr with DJ O Show and Tiffany Moses, contemporary dance with Circadia Indigena, and of course QAF’s signature visual art show curated this year by Adrian Stimson.