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

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

Homo A Go-Go Festival 2009, San Francisco, USA

Homo A Go Go (HAGG) is an internationally attended festival of queer music, film, art, performance, and activism. This year the festival includes workshops and group shows by visual artists from all over the world. This year’s group art show, which is entitled ‘Homegrown’, can be visited at SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco, August 14-16, 2009. Visit the festival website (link below) to see an extensive online presentation of the queer artists, which among others include Amie Leeking, Anna Cambell, Caitlin Sweet, Coco Guzman, Christy Road, Dana Krusche, Ginger Robinson, Jackie Davis, Jess Muse, Jess Anthony, Johanna Buckner, Katie Krusche, Katie Kaapcke, Lex Non Scripta, Lucy Peterson, Sara Gottesdiener, Sarah Race, Shakrah Yves, Shauna Steinbach, Susan Surface and Zanne deJanvier.

Homo A Go-Go Art and performance workshops At Femina Potens

Friday, August 14, 2009

Femina Potens Art Gallery
2199 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
Workshops at noon, 2, 4 and 6pm.
$5 each OR check into getting a festival pass for the Homo A Go-Go Festival, August 13-16, 2009, in San Francisco
Current programming includes:
The Von Foxies – How To Bring The Funny Into Your Performance
Sarah Tomchesson from the Pleasure Chest – Queering Your Sex
Samara Halperin – Stop-Motion Animation
Adrienne Graf – Speaking the Silence: Interpersonal Violence in Our Queer Communities
Larry-bob Roberts – Queer Zine Field Trip
Meliza Banales – Starting the Revolution from Within: How to Use Meditation to Heal and Fuck Shit Up!
Mike Upton – Patent Fever: AIDS, Activism and Intellectual Property
The Collective Tarot – demystifying the tarot
and possibly a couple more!