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Over time, a well used staircase will form indentations on its steps from consistent use. The persistent presence of a small activity eventually alters the structure of the staircase, changes how we interact with it, and ultimately how we view it. As the persistent presence of queer people has continued throughout history, we see the work of the community wear into the structure of society and make a permanent impression. As young queer people who have grown up seeing huge shifts in politics, dialogues, and acceptance, as well as huge shifts of technology, medicine, and culture, how have our lives and experiences been influenced by these things? How different are we than generations before? How are we similar? What does it mean to be queer in 2018? A Gently Worn Impression seeks to explore the complexity of queer identity and culture, presenting work by queer millennials which creates lines between the past, present, and future.

The exhibition will feature work from Daniel Cardinal McCartney, Ryan Danny Owen, Lucas LaRochelle, Nour Fakih, Nicola Wilting, Brandon Geissmann, Nikki Alex Basset, May G N, Adrienne Crossman, Dana Buzzee, and the Windsor Youth Centre’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance.

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A Gently Worn Impression is presented with support from Windsor Essex Pride Fest.

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest (WEPF) is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in the Province of Ontario. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, WEPF brings together members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, Questioning and Two Spirit (LGBTIQ2S) community, their friends, allies and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of our community by providing advocacy and producing inclusive and safe events, initiatives and social programs. WEPF strengthens the sense of community and contributes to the vibrancy, health and overall well-being of LGBTIQ2S individuals in Windsor-Essex.

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest’s goal through its QConnect Program is to empower Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer, Questioning, Intersex and Two Spirit (LGBTIQ2S) individuals through social and recreation programs and facilitate opportunities for connection and belonging to reduce social isolation. This is done through age-specific activities, peer-facilitated groups, workshops and special events/initiatives.

Members of the LGBTIQ2S community experience unique social isolation compared with other marginalized groups. Research indicates that the individuals in the LGBTTQIA community are 2.5 times more likely to live alone. The lack of peer or social supports, activities, gatherings or other opportunities to engage with peers in the community may cause social isolation that often escalates  into a number of other problems, including homelessness, depression, violence, suicidal ideation, drug and alcohol abuse and dropping out of school for some LGBTIQ2S youth.

http://www.wepridefest.com/

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LEFT Contemporary is a grassroots arts organization in Windsor, ON. It is located in the garage behind 781 Gladstone Av. It is open for events and by appointment and accessible only through the alley between Moy and Gladstone.

 

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VIDEOSTORE is a one night DIY video art festival, based off the widely successful Bring Your Own Beamer events produced by Rafaël Rozendaal. The festival is currently seeking submissions of video art, and is open to all participants on the condition that they provide their own projector, monitor, installation equipment, etc. Artists must be present for and prepared to install and de-install their work on May 18, 2018. The event will take place in Windsor, ON.

The event will take place for one day at the School of Creative Arts Armouries Building (37 University Ave. E), with installation in the afternoon and a reception in the evening at 8pm. The work will be installed in the building’s public spaces. The work will be de-installed following the reception.

 

 

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BADLIGHT is memory, blindness and gestures of care. It is what is felt and what is lost.
Rooted heavily in craft theory and ontology, BADLIGHT is the relationship mother and daughter in times of light and of darkness.

Natalie Lauchlan is a daughter. She is an emerging artist from Canada, where her mind still goes to wonder the forests and mountains, no matter where her body is. She collects fragments of text that come to arrange themselves in her memory. She reads the tenderness of objects and transcribes the poetics of space.
Exploring the ephemeral, she is the ghost haunting all her memories.

 

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These works are a continuation of a series of chimeric explorations questioning the threshold between the ‘human’ and ‘natural.’ Through them, I seek stories of interconnectedness, of bodies whose boundaries are permeable and overlap; to memorialize, engage, and bring this permeability into presence.

Sheri Nault is a multi-disciplinary artist of Métis and mixed European descent. Situated within personal and political contexts, their art practice and research are grounded in queer, feminist, and Indigenous world-views. Through their work they strives to elicit a sense of social and ecological responsibility to one another on a damaged planet, exploring the connections between humans and nature. They completed their MFA at York University in 2017, were an Indigenous Practicum Participant in The Banff Centre’s Visual Arts department from 2014 to 2015, and received their BFA from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2012. Recent exhibitions include Kin, the presentation of their thesis work; Entangled Bodies at the Art Gallery of York University (agYU); art( i f)ACTS curated by Belinda Ho-Yan Kwan in response to the agYU collection; and Where the Weather Happens at the Niagara Artists Centre, curated by Jessie Short and Amy Malbeuf. They are a member of the 2017 cohort of the Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency based at Artscape Gibraltar Point (postponed to 2018 due to flooding).

 

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Via a convolution of print and perception The Traverse seeks to make apparent the division between the normative and queer understanding of the self. Providing the choice to move beyond a curtain, standing in for the edge of queer territory, the viewer is confronted by an inverted gaze. An artwork directly expressing its agency, the multitude of eyes and grimacing mouths that compose the interior of the installation enforce the viewer’s position as an outsider in this differentiated place. In the focused gaze beyond its surface the work desires a token of understanding from the viewer, offering a point of empathetic contact through a text offering. This desire, however, is no guarantee of a deciphering taking place.

My transitional intent is geared towards generating new meaning, ways of living, a bodily existence. These modes are supposedly beyond legibility to normative visions and so the forcing an action of traversal (physical, geographical, societal and cultural) becomes essential.

Outcomes in trans living are immune to any attempt at foresight and demand a unique journey and relationship with the subject of change. This relationship and the conclusions drawn from it lie beyond some form of barrier and The Traverse is meant to present that.

May G N is a Trans Albertan Artist that works with new media print technologies to produce work engaging with their personal navigations of territories that span the emotional, physical and societal. Through layering image, text and material, May G N provides scenarios where the decisions of the viewer are interrogated surrounding their relationship with queer identities.