Join us for our first in-person screening of the year at Small World Centre in Toronto. Guest programmed by Jacob Crepeault, this screening features new work by 2SLGBTQIA+ Canadian artists Lina Wu, Chanelle Lajoie, Madi Piller and Sina Âwsémoon, Madeleine Scott, Trâm Anh Nguyễn, Sam Gurry, M.O. Guzman, Kym McDaniel, Jo Güstin, and Yace Sula that reflect different understandings and re-imagining of what queer liberation means today.
When: Wednesday, April 26 at 7pm
Where: Small World Centre, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Unit 101
Defining freedom yields many interpretations, especially when you ask a queer person. What does freedom look like to you? And what are you being freed from? These questions are pondered and interpreted through the works presented in this series. The works speak to each other in vital ways, creating a deeply rich dialogue that ultimately answers the ways in which we, as queer individuals, free ourselves from the restraints that try to hold us back. These restraints, be they physical, mental, or social burdens from others, societal pressures to conform to heteronormativity, or troubled perceptions of the self, are examined and confronted in bold ways by the artists in this series. They define the act of freeing oneself physically, mentally, spiritually, socially, and sexually through a beautifully queer lens. This series consists of 9 short works made by 2SLGBTQ+ Canadian artists, including trans and non-binary artists. All of the works were made between 2020-2022, and were vetted during our open-call submission process in 2022.
Madi Piller and Sina Âwsémoon, Anymore, 10 mins, 2021
Madeleine Scott, Aesop Hand Soap, 5 mins, 2022
Lina Wu, Rain to Eaves, 3 mins, 2021
Trâm Anh Nguyễn, To Boyhood, I Never Knew Him, 4 mins, 2022
Chanelle Lajoie, Grand Mother Tongue, 4 mins, 2022
Sam Gurry, Up Close, 3 mins, 2021
Kym McDaniel, A Story That Doesn’t Have To Do With Me, 7 mins, 2021
M.O. Guzman, Is This Liberation?, 7 mins, 2020
Yace Sula, Ele of the Dark, 13 mins, 2022
Jo Güstin, Don’t Text Your Ex, 14 mins, 2021
Total running time: 1 hour, 10 mins
Following the screening, we will have a roundtable conversation with the curator and the four Toronto-based artists. Everyone is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.
Image credit: Yace Sula, Ele of the Dark, 13 mins, 2022