Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Queering International(ly) at Vancouver's Queer Art Festival

[Vancouver, B.C.] This year’s Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver has reached around the world with its new Queering International program. Queering International curator and multidisciplinary artist/teacher Laiwan, who immigrated here from Zimbabwe in 1977, has pulled together 30-plus works from 21 artists (new and established) from South Africa to Iran to Russia. The new section fits under the festival’s umbrella theme ReGenerations. The term is a defiant reflection on the censorship of artists through time and then how art in turn can become dangerous and ultimately revolutionary. One of those artists is the internationally-recognized South African Zanele Muholi. This visual artist has focused much of her work on documenting the daily lives, relationships and even deaths of South African lesbians. Other notable names on the list are Canadian filmmaker John Greyson, who was detained in Egypt in 2013, as well as Indian artist Tejal Shah. Now in its sixth year, the two-week festival also includes performance by multi-genre theatre artist Sunny Drake; queer classical choir music from Cor Flammae; harpsichordist Colin Tinley and a costume gala fundraiser.

Read more at The Province

Queer Arts Festival
Where: Roundhouse Community Centre
When: July 23-Aug. 9, 2014
Tickets and info: Prices vary,  (Queer Arts Festival)