supported by the Norwegian Arts Council
NO PLACE: QUEER GEOGRAPHIES ON SCREEN
No Place: Queer Geographies on Screen
Curator talk/screening 6 PM
Opening at 7 PM Thursday August 21st, 2014
August 21st- September 17th, 2014
Kajsa Dahlberg (Malmö/Berlin)
James Diamond (Montréal)
Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky (Toronto)
Vanessa Dion Fletcher (Chicago)
Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Gustavo Vazquez (San Francisco)
Deirdre Logue (Toronto)
Elin Øyen Vister (Skomvær/Bergen)
b.h. Yael (Toronto)
Curated by Anthea Black
Queerness is the thing that lets us feel that
this world is not enough, that indeed something is missing.
—José Esteban Muñoz
Who and what is queer is a common enough question. But perhaps a more interesting and often overlooked question would be: where is queer?
Queer bodies have appeared in a steadily expanding “everywhere:” the urban frameworks of the gentrified gaybourhood, the plotlines of mainstream media, and recently, engaged in patriotic homecoming kisses after military duty. But if our ubiquity in these places signals progress, then, indeed, as Munoz suggests, “something is missing.” Where can the utopian promise of queerness be found, if it is locatable at all? This promise is what first drew me towards the once forbidden places of queer cinema. It is the glimpses of this utopian “nowhere,” the wandering between places, and the shifting positions that cannot be defined by ownership of any specific territory, that is the subject of No Place: Queer Geographies on Screen.
This new presentation of No Place for Small Projects presents film, video and sound works of 12 Canadian and international queer and transgendered artists, with a focus on representations of islands, temporary residences, and movement between spaces to examine notions of self-determination, nomadism, sovereignty, and occupation. Their works link orientation with spatial politics in such geographically distant places as the West Bank of Palestine, the small community of Pangnirtung in Nunavut, Vancouver, British Columbia, and the Røst islands, Norway.
Anthea Black is a Canadian artist, writer, and cultural worker based in Toronto. Black’s curatorial projects include SINCERITY OVERDRIVE (2005), SUPERSTRING (2006), and the ongoing research platform No Place: Queer Geographies on Screen (initiated in 2011), which have focused on embodied perspectives and politics in relational practice, contemporary textiles, and queer film and video respectively. She is developing PLEASURE CRAFT, a multi-part exhibition on the perverse and everyday pleasures of handmaking with Shannon Stratton, and Funny HA HA, an exhibition on humour in queer art of the last century. She has worked within artist-run models and galleries for over 15 years, and is currently a faculty member at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada.
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