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What is a mark? In a settler colonial society we have a very solidified perception of what “counts” as worthy of articulating. Programmed in an imperial tradition, we literally count success and attach dates to significant momentous occasions, times in history when someone is said to have “accomplished something” that should be celebrated and then written down to measure its worth, annually. HIStory has tried to erase the Other in its wake of calculating difference, asserting authority, superiority, a bar to be set by systems of power to ensure the success of a single story.
2018 marks 10 years of the Queer Arts Festival and Pride in Art’s 20th year as an artist-led organization. 2018’s curated visual art exhibition DECADEnce remembers the Other marks and interrogates what we collectively choose to celebrate. By engaging queer artists across disciplines DECADEnce explores marks that live beyond the page, numerical devices, and quantitative data; the mark that lives in actions unnoticed, voices unheard, lost stories of self, and races won in forgotten Herstories/Ourstories.
DECADEnce marks a time for us to revisit, and therefore represent and archive, the stories of us by celebrating and honouring our community of trailblazing queer ancestors, the stories untold, the unmeasurable progress, visceral pleasures, tragic loses, the almosts, the push back, the unnamed, the unmarked, the dead, the blood-sweat-and tears. These marks continue to live in and inform our actions, our reality to fuel a discourse that challenges perceptions of success by sharing the stories of how we got here and what sacrifices and struggles it required.
Queer artists have always been making marks; before, during, and “after” queerness was determined of value for mainstream commodification. For 20 years this organization has been a platform for the voices and visions of fearless queer artists to challenge normative misconceptions in both art spaces and the greater society. Still today, we are living with the burden of an uncertain future and a precarious present that denies our freedoms, the self-governance of our bodies, minds, and artistic visions. This mayhem of hate, to the shock of all-realities-white, is just another Tuesday, in the life of the descendants of bodies stolen, kept sick, and illegal.
Our marks draw circles, wherein the repeating struggle continues in the company of a rejuvenated resistance, reviving of power and strength through art.
These marks are where we find joy, love, thrive, and create to feed our spirits and develop thick skin. We are time travelers, we have been here before, and will do it again.
Pride in Art is proud to release our very first visual art exhibition catalogue! Click here for more information on how to get a copy of the Drama Queer catalogue. Drama Queer was our 2016 visual art exhibition, curated by Jonathan D. Katz and Conor Moynihan.
Also happening in 2018…
Later this year Pride in Art will open our new gallery and multidisciplinary presentation space at BC Artscape Sun Wah. Another thank you to the gems who supported our Bling Us campaign to open our new gallery, one of the only spaces worldwide dedicated to the presentation of queer art.
Robert Jenneson | Bobbi Kozinuk | Angelina Cantada | Adam Keating | Emily Bailey | Indrit Kasapi | Cameron E Randall | Sandra Doyle | Stephanie Kellington | Eve MacGregor | David Metzer | jackson photografix | Emily Doolittle | Cornelia Wyngaarden | Jane Byers | Gavin Liang | Nancy Theriault | Brian Jones | Sonia Galambos | Rodney Sharman | Deborah Wong | Paul Atkinson | Sheena Graham | Paul Wong | Karen Burtch | Allison O’Reilly | Stephanie Goodwin | Eileen Kage | Lincoln Rose | Barbara Kuhne | Holly White | Don Stuart | Michael Park | Linda Hartenberger | Bill Hartenberger | Lynn Ruscheinsky | Stephanie Bahr | Leslie Uyeda | Karin Lee | Carmen Ostrander | yasmin sabur | Su-Feh Lee | Emalee Vandermale | Kari Gundersen | Frederick Willeboordse | James Goodman | Grae Salisbury | Theo Lim | Ryan Lim | Kyra Bailey | Ileana Pietrobruno | Sieglinda Bailey | Andrew Boyle | Peggy thompson | Megan Low | Conor Moynihan | Nada Vuksic | Sandra Gibbs | Anna Zhuo | Regina Salomon | Sky Warner | Catherin Gregory | David C Jones | Nancy Pollak | Laurent Castellucci | David C Jones | Laurent Castellucci | Julia Kaplan | Robin Field | Gerry Kasten | Shayla Perreault | Sheldon Pauls | Monica Meneghetti | Natasha Sawyer | Jocelyn Morlock | David Bloom | Walter Quan | Kimberly Sayson | Daelik Hackenbrook | Sean Guist | Janelle LeBlanc | Nicola Harwood | Kelly Tweten | sara vickruck | Susan Stewart | Glenn Alteen | Jeff Grayston | Anais West | Inger Iwaasa | Kathy Atkins | Britta Fluevog | SD Holman | Valerie Walker