JUN 18 – JUL 8 | 2022
What haunts you? Fear? Insecurity? Longing? In a Queer context, our very existence is haunting ― a reminder of what colonial culture attempted to erase and an ephemeral suggestion of what future lays in wait across generations.
QAF 2022 explores Hauntings in both playful and profound ways with a dynamic suite of visual art, performance, music, and literary events, from the depths of the Sun Wah Centre, up through Centre A Vancouver International Centre For Contemporary Asian Art, On Main Gallery, and SUM gallery, to the rooftop overlooking historic Chinatown. We’re rekindling our longstanding partnership with the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre and celebrating deepening friendships with the James Black Gallery, Full Circle: First Nations Performance, Griffin Art Projects and Coastal Jazz & Blues Society.
Sun Oct 24 | 5pm
Transdisciplinary music performance | Mountain View Cemetery
Rising from the ashes of this summer’s fire ban, QAF and Full Circle: First Nations Performance will reignite our Piano Burning event on Sunday, October 24 at Mountain View Cemetery. Curated by SD Holman and Margo Kane, Annea Lockwood’s infamous work — where QAF veteran Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa performs a piano as it burns to ashes — is re-envisioned through the lens of historically banned First Nations fire ceremonies and contemporary global warming of unprecedented levels.
Margo Kane and Full Circle: First Nations Performance ground this event with cultural knowledge and a focus on Two-Spirit artists: Sempúlyan, who will speak about the spiritual role of fire to communicate with ancestors; Russell Wallace, who has composed a new piece for the occasion; designer Evan Ducharme, who created Iwaasa’s fire-proof ball gown; and Squamish Nation councillor Orene Askew (aka DJ O Show), who will set the piano alight.
Bring a chair, bring a blanket, and dress for the weather!
Watch artists Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa & Evan Ducharme talk about their collaboration in Piano Burning, from our QAF 2021 interview series Studio (ob)Sessions: