In this exhibition, projections, as a conceptual framework, addresses several meanings of the word and its relationship to queerness, perceptions (specifically with regard to sexuality, race, and gender), and possibility as it relates to Indigenous, Black, and Queer futurisms. In creating a space that physically references film theatres and voyeuristic contexts, a relationship is established for the viewer to watch and observe, consider, anticipate, and to dwell in fantastication of the scenarios being projected. Each projection occupies its own alcove to further embellish ideas around these contexts as well as personal narratives, individuality, and criticality with regard to territory, ownership, and the physical and cultural occupation of space and land. Freedom, defiance, empowerment, presence, and self-fulfillment/self-actualization are key aspects of the work of these two artists.
Léuli Eshrāghi is a Sāmoan/Persian/Cantonese interdisciplinary artist, writer, curator and researcher working between Australia and Canada. Ia/they intervene in display territories to centre global Indigenous and Asian diasporic visuality, sensual and spoken languages, and ceremonial-political practices.
Jessica Karuhanga is a first-generation Canadian artist of British-Ugandan heritage whose work addresses issues of cultural politics of identity and Black diasporic concerns through lens-based technologies, writing, drawing and performances. Through her practice she explores individual and collective concerns of Black subjectivity: illness, rage, grief, desire and longing within the context of Black embodiment.
Gary Varro is a curator and visual artist based in Regina, where in 1996 he established and continues to present Queer City Cinema Festival and Performatorium Festival of Queer Performance. Gary is also a freelance curator.
Jessica Karuhanga, being who you are there is no other, 2.5 minutes video, still. Image courtesy of artist.