2015 : Trigger – Drawing the Line in 2015

Curated by: SD Holman

July 23 – August 7, 2015

QAF celebrates the 25th anniversary of a landmark work of queer heritage with this year’s theme Trigger: Drawing the Line in 2015.

We draw our lines today very differently than in 1990. As “trigger warnings” placed before art to alert viewers about potentially traumatizing material become increasingly common, QAF 2015 questions what we are sacrificing for safety’s sake. As Jeannette Winterson wrote: “Art has deep and difficult eyes and for many the gaze is too insistent… We avoid painful encounters with art by trivializing it, or by familiarizing it… Every day, in countless ways, you and I convince ourselves about ourselves. True art, when it happens to us, challenges the “I” that we are… Art objects. The nouns become an active force not a collector’s item. Art objects.”


2015 Events

Lifedrawing with HIM

Life Drawing with HIM is an informal, drop-in drawing and sketching social group for men. For one night only, Life Drawing with HIM is collaborating with the Queer Arts Festival to bring this popular...

TRIGGER: Drawing the Line in 2015 Curator Tour

Queer Arts Festival: Curator tour and Salon Join festival Artistic Director and Curator of this year's exhibition SD Holman for an informal tour of this year’s Drawing the Line exhibition, followed by a salon co-hosted by Daily Xtra managing editor Robin Perelle, who will ask...

Cor Flammae: FALLEN ANGELS

QAF's Pre-festival Fluffer! Back for their second incendiary season, Cor Flammae presents FALLEN ANGELS: sacred + profane choral works by historical and modern queer composers. The rich religious traditions of choral music mean a participant...

Genderfest Introvert Chill Mingler

An introvert's way to kick off the rowdy weekend. This event is scent-reduced, and fully wheelchair accessible. For more information on how to support a scent-reduced event, please visit PeggyMunson.com For a full accessibility audit of the space,...

I am ME

Wed Jul 29 & Aug 5 | 6pm Explore your identity through movement in this Dance Out Loud workshop with Kinesis Dance somatheatro. This workshop is for...

PROX:IMITY RE:MIX & Night

Co-presented with Kinesis Dance somatheatro and MACHiNENOiSY Queer...

Tough Language, Tender Wisdoms: Crafting the Personal Essay

Workshop (2 days): Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26 10:30 am to 1:30 pm A Writing Workshop for transgressive voices led by author Amber Dawn, Tough Language, Tender Wisdoms invites participants to write under-told and boundary-pushing stories from their personal experience,...

QSONG Performance

Co-presented with Access to Music Foundation Prepare to be dazzled by the extraordinary talent of young queer and allied singer/songwriters from our fabulous QSONG workshop. With mentors Sarah...

TRIGGER: Drawing the Line in 2015

Gallery hours: 12PM - 9PM weekdays; 11AM - 4PM weekends QAF's curated exhibition honours the 25th anniversary of Kiss & Tell's legendary exhibition, Drawing the Line. 19 participating artists challenge, provoke and push boundaries. What sets you off? Curated by SD Holman Artists -

Salon des Refusés

Co-presented with Little Sister's Book & Art Emporium Little Sister's exhibits explicit art by artists in our queer communities. Artists: Alex Winter Jane Eaton Hamilton jackson photografix Rebecca Blankert robin Ron Kearse SD Holman Shakti Sama Coming with a friend or 3? Get a

Pride in Art community Show

An open visual art exhibition celebrating queer artists from our communities. Gallery hours: 12pm - 9pam weekdays; 11am - 4pm weekends Known as the Pride in Art Community Show, it is a Queer Arts Festival tradition. This longstanding event showcases the talents...

Queerotica

Community Partner Little Sister's Book & Art Emporium Literary readings to tantalize and titillate - aka Catherine and Jim's dirty porn night. Curated by Ray Hsu. Queerotica started in '99, when SD (Shaira) Holman approached Janine Fuller at Little Sister's Bookstore saying - hey you...

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