Siksika visual art curator Adrian Stimson curates Indigenous work exploring Two-Spirit identity.

For too long, the absence of representations of Two-Spirit people, art, and being from contemporary popular culture has been equally embedded in hegemonic practices of colonization. With UnSettled I explore the art and being of Two-Spirit* artists, and in turn, they expose the issues of historical extermination of Two-Spirit people, the lack of alternative aboriginal sexuality and gender in contemporary Western culture/media, the Two-Spirit movement and future as a part of the reclamation of Two-Spirit identity and practice. — Adrian Stimson

Read Adrian’s curatorial statement HERE

This exhibit runs from Saturday June 17th to Wednesday June 28th. We then celebrate on June 29th with our Glitter is Forever: Queeraoke Closing Party.

Curated Artists:

Ahasiw Maskegon-Iskwew
Aiyyana Maracle
Barry Ace
Cease Wyss
Dayna Danger
George Littlechild
Jessie Short
John Powell
Michelle Sylliboy
Mike MacDonald
Raven John
Richard Heikkilä-Sawan
Robert Houle
Rosalie Favell
Thirza Cuthand
Ursula Johnson
Vanessa Dion Fletcher
Wanda Nanibush

*The term “Two-Spirit” is used by many Indigenous people to describe their gender, sexual and spiritual identity—often inclusive of all LGBTQ+—in reclaiming and restoring traditional Indigenous concepts suppressed by colonial heteronormativity.

With the support of

Vancouver Foundation

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

Scent Reduced:
This event is scent-reduced. Please help us keep this a welcome space for everyone and refrain from wearing scented products while attending QAF events.

Mobility Accessibility:
This event is fully wheelchair accessible.

Click HERE for a full accessibility audit of the space by Radical Access Mapping Project. To learn more about Radical Access Mapping Project, visit their website at radicalaccessiblecommunities.wordpress.com

QAF takes place on the traditional, unceded territory of the Coast Salish people, in particular the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwəta? (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. We recognize their sovereignty, as there are no treaties on these lands, and we are dedicated to building a new relationship between our nations based on respect and consent.