The 2021 Queer Arts Festival
DISPERSED : It’s Not Easy Being Green
July 24 – Aug 13 | 2021 | Highlights
QAF shows artists upcycling & recycling apocalyptic fear & dread into art & social change. Green symbolizes not only our relationship to each other & the lands we occupy, but also difference & marginalization, exemplified by popular culture green underdogs Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West & Rainbow Connection, Kermit the Frog. It’s not easy being Green, fighting for a world that consistently rejects us. With imminent climate catastrophe upon us, we witness the world grappling with the end times. When were Queers privy to life outside the apocalypse? Hate crimes in Canada targeting queers are 2 to 3 times more likely to be violent compared to other groups; we live each day with the knowledge that we could be vanished at any time.
Green is the complex terrain of extended kinship ties of Indigiqueer/two-spirit and queer settler elite’s. Green spectrals haunt the hyphened margins of the sub-altern; enduring perpetually frequent gaslighting(s) of post-traumatic settler-colonial and concurrent disorders. Together/apart WE endure our own private apocalyptics. Cataclysmic temporal end-points that exist as seemingly fixed and an unavoidable global terminus – from which Indigiqueer/queer resurgence erupts relentless into the ongoing colonial.
Queer Arts Festival 2021 shows artists as see-ers/oracles/alchemists upcycling/rebranding/reclaiming/transgressing/transforming/visioning apocalyptic visionary towards queer utopic landscapes, tranforming fear, dread, a collective broken heart of forced dislocations with the departures and arrivals with art as transformative praxis and practice towards social and spiritual transformations.
QAF Dispersed It’s Not Easy Being Green runs 3 weeks from your computer, our home base, the Sun Wah Centre in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, and Vancouver’s only cemetery- Mountain View Cemetery. Highlights include Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour and SD Holman’s visual arts curation; Studio (ob)Sessions, a digital discourse with Festival artists, and a Piano Burning where fire becomes a vehicle for reclamation and decolonization.
When green is all there is to be It could make you wonder why, but why wonder?
— Kermit the Frog
Mary Kathleen Brookes
Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa
Martin Tugdual Frederic L’Anton
Bruce Munro Wright
Viewed as one of the top five queer arts and cultural festivals in the world.
Melbourne Herald Sun
Concise, brilliant, and moving.
Robin Laurence, Georgia Straight
On the forefront of aesthetic and cultural dialogue today.
Easily one of the best art exhibitions in Vancouver.
Some of the most adventurous programming of any local festival.
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