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Unapologetic: What's Obscene Here?

2021-11-18 - 2021-11-30

Online November 18 - November 30, FREE at Featuring works by Ayo Tsalithaba, Scott Miller Berry, Hazel Meyer and Cait McKinney, Michelle Mohabeer, and Chase Joynt. Morgan Sears-Williams and Genne Speers have selected works from the CFMDC collection that represent an intergenerational dialogue about LGBTQIA+ modes of archiving and collecting. The works in this program expand audiences' ideas of how LGBTQIA+ artists are drawn to moving images as a form of providing a nuanced understanding of being. As Tirza True Latimer asks, “how can we imagine archival practices that exercise poetic license to make the invisible visible, render the unthinkable intelligible, and articulate the unspeakable?" (Tirza True Latimer, "Conversations on Queer Affect and Queer Archives," ArtJournal, Summer 2013). Unapologetic, What’s Obscene Here? illustrates how critical it is to record alternate or counter narratives, to practice archival gestures and to make visible and audible the boundaries of our own lives. Despite the ephemerality of experience, documenting and building a disparate archive of hidden pleasure, political action, feeling, protest, language and gesture can ensure that brief moments are long-lasting. Morgan Sears-Williams et Genne Speers ont sélectionné des œuvres de la collection du CFMDC qui représentent un dialogue intergénérationnel entre les modes d’archivage et de collecte de la communauté LGBTQIA+. Les œuvres dans ce programme enrichissent la compréhension du public quant à la façon dont les artistes LGBTQIA+ abordent les images en mouvement, offrant de surcroît une compréhension plus nuancée de leurs identités. Comme se demande Tirza True Latimer, « Comment pouvons-nous imaginer des méthodes d’archivage qui se donnent la liberté de rendre l’invisible visible, de rendre l’inimaginable intelligible, et d’exprimer ce qui est innommable? » (Tirza True Latimer, "Conversations on Queer Affect and Queer Archives," ArtJournal, été 2013). Unapologetic, What’s Obscene Here? illustre l’importance d’enregistrer des récits alternatifs ou des contre-propos, d’effectuer des gestes d’archivages, et de rendre visibles et audibles les limites de nos propres vies. Malgré le caractère éphémère des expériences, les documenter et bâtir des archives disparates de plaisirs cachés, d’action politique, de sentiments, de contestation, de langage et de gestes assure que ces brefs moments perdurent. About the programmers: Morgan Sears-Williams (she/her) is CFMDC's Member Services and Program Outreach Coordinator. She is a white settler of Irish, English and German descent working in Tkaronto on the lands of the the Anishanaabe, the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudensosaunee, and the Huron-Wendat. She is a media artist with a focus on still and moving images and installation. Her practice often explores larger themes of feminist queer histories, collective memory and questioning institutional archiving practices. Morgan has exhibited work in galleries and pop up spaces across Toronto and internationally including Gallery 44, Artscape Youngplace, The 8fest, Osaka University of the Arts and The Arquives. / @morgan__elena Genne Speers (she/her) is a PhD candidate at York University and the Deputy Director of CFMDC. She is a fourth generation settler from Upper Canada Treaty No. 3 territory. Traditionally the territory of the Attawandaron, who now have descendants among the Six Nations. Genne has a BFA in Art History and Print Media and a MA of Cinema and Film Archiving. She has contributed to screenings at the Edinburgh Film Festival and was a member of the Pleasure Dome Programming Collective.

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