Chosen Family Portraits In Vancouver, Canada

Sarah Race and Sarah Buchanan, authors of the Chosen Family Art Project
Sarah Race and Sarah Buchanan, authors of the Chosen Family Portraits Art Project. Photo courtesy of Celebrate Queer Vancouver and Vancouver Queer Film Festival

‘Chosen Family Portraits’ is a community-based art queer project commissioned during last years Vancouver Queer Film Festival with Artists-in-Residence Sarah Race and Sarah Buchanan. The Vancouver art project runs through August 21 2011 – as a series of lamp-post installations that include a ‘Chosen Family Portrait’ image and personal quote from the featured family’s testimonial. Queer photographer Sara Race [above] made the portraits and Sarah Buchanan [above] has recorded interviews with the participants of this art project.

“We met at the Vancouver Pride Parade.”

Chosen Family Portraits #1 by Sarah Race. Press photo courtesy of Celebrate Queer Vancouver and Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Chosen Family Portraits #1 by Sarah Race. Press photo courtesy of Celebrate Queer Vancouver and Vancouver Queer Film Festival

“The distinction between the chosen family and the family you’re born with is a very significant difference, and has to be expressed more to the public. The way your family tree looks depends so much on the culture that you’re modeling it after.”

Chosen Family Portraits #4 by Sarah Race. Press photo courtesy of Celebrate Queer Vancouver and Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Chosen Family Portraits #4 by Sarah Race. Press photo courtesy of Celebrate Queer Vancouver and Vancouver Queer Film Festival

“I’m from Trinidad originally; we talk about family as in blood family mostly. That concept of chosen family I had to wrap my head around. And, meeting her… chosen family is almost not the right term, she feels like blood.”

Chosen Family Portraits #5 by Sarah Race. Press photo courtesy of Celebrate Queer Vancouver and Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Chosen Family Portraits #5 by Sarah Race. Press photo courtesy of Celebrate Queer Vancouver and Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Vancouver: Chosen Family Portraits

‘Chosen Family Portraits’ is a community-based art queer project commissioned during last years Vancouver Queer Film Festival with Artists-in-Residence Sarah Race and Sarah Buchanan. The Vancouver art project is presented this summer  – July 21 – August 21 2011 – as a series of lamp-post installations that include a ‘Chosen Family Portrait’ image and personal quote from the featured family’s testimonial.

“We always wanted to have children, and twelve years ago we had our son together.”

Chosen Family Portraits #2 by Sarah Race. Press photo courtesy of Celebrate-Queer-Vancouver and Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Chosen Family Portraits #2 by Sarah Race. Press photo courtesy of Celebrate Queer Vancouver and Vancouver Queer Film Festival

“We are all neighbours, in the Davie Village.”

Chosen Family Portraits #7 by Sarah Race. Press photo courtesy of Celebrate Queer Vancouver and Vancouver Queer Film Festival

“There’s a particular sort of ease and comfort and safety that I feel with my family that is very important to me. I have lots of different friends that I have different things in common with… but these are the people who I am able to just share ALL of myself with.”

 Chosen Family Portraits #10 by Sarah Race. Press photo courtesy of Celebrate Queer Vancouver and Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Chosen Family Portraits #10 by Sarah Race. Press photo courtesy of Celebrate Queer Vancouver and Vancouver Queer Film Festival

“Especially within the queer community where people may have been rejected, or you don’t have always the ability to construct the sort of traditional family… it’s interesting to see how people come up with ways to meet the needs that the family traditionally needs. So look what we did.”

Chosen Family Portraits #9 by Sarah Race. Press photo courtesy of Celebrate Queer Vancouver and Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Chosen Family Portraits #9 by Sarah Race. Press photo courtesy of Celebrate Queer Vancouver and Vancouver Queer Film Festival

You can find the Chosen Family Portrait images at various public sites in Vancouver, Canada, through out ‘Celebrate Queer Vancouver’ – July 21 – August 21, including an installation as a part of the Queer Arts Festival (July 26 – August 13, 2011), presented by Pride in Art.

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Vancouver: Chosen Family Portraits

In 2011, the 23rd Vancouver Queer Film Festival (August 11- 21, 2011) will step out of its role of being strictly an indoor, ticketed arts presenter and present public art for the first time. They say “Public art will allow us to reach the wider, general public”.

They will present Celebrate Queer Vancouver, an interactive program hosted throughout the city from July 21 – August 21, 2011. ‘Celebrate Queer Vancouver’ is a partnership with Vancouver 125 and includes film presentations, community dialogues and public art installations across the city.

Queer Public Art Installations
The public art installations in Vancouver this summer are a series of lamp-post installations that include a ‘Chosen Family Portrait’ image, personal quote culled from the featured family’s testimonial, and an historical or present day fact that responds to the image, quote and location.

‘Chosen Family Portraits’ is a community-based art project commissioned during last years Vancouver Queer Film Festival with Artists-in-Residence Sarah Race and Sarah Buchanan. This project invited the Festival audience and dynamic communities to model with their chosen families and share. 118 people posed for this project, yielding 32 family portraits and accompanying audio oral histories.

You can view Chosen Family Portrait images at various sites throughout ‘Celebrate Queer Vancouver’ (July 21 – August 21), including an installation as a part of the Queer Arts Festival (July 26 – August 13, 2011), presented by Pride in Art.

Related Links
Queer Arts Festival
Vancouver Queer Film Festival