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That’s So Gay is the Gladstone Hotel’s annual gay pride art exhibition that explores themes around sexuality, gender and identity. That’s So Gay 2013 is curated by Elisha Lim.
“That’s So Gay” was originally a flirty protest reclaiming an insult in the face of homophobia. This year’s exhibit pushes its community another step, to cross the line of racial and cisgendered segregation of both the traditional and queer art canons.
The result is a reckoning with violence and bonding: a brown genderqueer self-portrait of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, distorted diasporic family portraits, fragments of transit life in an airport lounge, estranged exes holding each others’ hands for the photographer, decapitated minotaurs twining themselves erotically around each other and a haunted line of Aboriginal armour and accessories.
Much of the work has been curated internationally from New York, Paris, Melbourne and Montreal, but it also mines local history with meditated research into Canadian histories of sex work, slavery and genocide.
This exhibit aspires to plumb the depths and contradictions and intersections of identity – and more than just scratch the surface of “gay”.
So say it and mean it. Say it to my face.
See HERE for full participant list.
Exhibition runs June 12-July 28, 2013, 12-5pm daily.
This event is part of Pride at the Gaystone. See here for other events!
Thanks to our delicious + awesome Beer Sponsor: Kensington Brewing Company