In Canada the queer community has a great queer arts festival: Exposure Edmonton’s Queer Arts and Culture Festival. Exposure 2009 will take place November 13 – 21, 2009.The festival is only 3 years old and it is a very cool festival, because organizers have engaged the local queer youth in the festival.
The Edmonton galleries and organizations have team up to give queer youth an opportunity to develop visual art exhibition. The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) along with Exposure, the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) and the Society of Northern Alberta Print-artists (SNAP) are presenting the 3rd annual art exhibition curated by local queer youth: ‘Printed Matters: Creating and Curating Queer’.
'Printed Matters: Creating and Curating Queer'
features print-based artworks by queer Edmonton youth at the Art Gallery of Alberta studio gallery and SNAP gallery starting October 22 and running until November 28, 2009. Join the queerators this Saturday afternoon, November 14th at the AGA for the second gallery reception of Printed Matters: Creating and Curating Queer:
AGA Opening Reception:
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Art Gallery of Alberta
100, 10230 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Canada
Over the course of four months, a group of queer youth (from 14 to 24) from Alberta’s capital city region joined an art course and learned about all aspects of conceptualization and production of a visual arts exhibition. They made their own artworks, and a team of three queer young curators - Juniper Quin, Stephen Shaw, and Jolanda Thomas – selected the youth-submitted artworks for the exhibition.
‘Printed Matters: Creating and Curating Queer’ is a group exhibition about artworks that can be multiplied i.e. printed again and again. One example of the artworks of the exhibition is silk-screened T-shirts. One T-shirt has a hammer and it reads ‘Gender Deconstruction Worker’. Another a T-shirt and poster involved a virus and some sort of microbe captioned with ‘Queer Nerd Pride’.
This year’s print-based exhibition received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.