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QALEIDOSCOPE – QUEER FILM AND PERFORMANCE ON TOUR 2023 promo poster

 

QALEIDOSCOPE – QUEER FILM AND PERFORMANCE ON TOUR 2023


LONDON  • MONTREAL • ST. JOHN’S • WINNIPEG • SASKATOON • VICTORIA

 

LOMAA is excited to partner with Regina’s Queer City Cinema (and in collaboration with Western University’s Artlab and TAP Centre for Creativity) to present QALEIDOSCOPE. This program features Queer and QTBIPOC films and performance that explore, question and play with identity to propose and investigate diverse ways of looking at sexuality, gender and race.

 

Jessica Karuhanga
Artist talk and Performance
Friday, January 13, 2023 at 7pm
Visual Arts Department’s Digital Creativity Lab (JLVAC, Room 137E, Western University)
Space is limited – to register, please do so Here

 

ground and cover me engages with the physical and figurative contours of the institutional space. Karuhanga enacts gradual movements that are intuitive and deliberate responses to the walls, windows and ground. This piece is a choreographic rupture to institutional spaces that otherwise insist upon our disappearance. 

 

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.

 

She was the 2020 – 2021 recipient of Concordia University’s SpokenWeb Artist/Curator In Residence Fellowship. Karuhanga has presented her work at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (2021), SummerWorks Lab (Toronto, 2020), The Bentway (Toronto, 2019), Nuit Blanche (Toronto, 2018), Onsite Gallery (Toronto, 2018) and Goldsmiths University (London, UK, 2017). Karuhanga’s writing has been published by C Magazine, BlackFlash, Susan Hobbs Gallery and Fonderie Darling.

 

She has been featured in AGO’s Artist Spotlight, i-D, DAZED, Visual Aids, Border Crossings, Exclaim!, Toronto Star, CBC Arts, esse, filthy dreams, Globe and Mail and Canadian Art. She earned her BFA from Western University and MFA from University of Victoria. She is an Assistant Professor at Western University.

 

Screenings
Saturday, January 14
Screening 1 at 6:30 nd Screening 2 at 8:30
TAP Centre for Creativity (203 Dundas Street)
Admission – pay what you want/pay what you can – at the door or here: Eventbrite

 

Restricted – 18 years of age or older

 

QALEIDOSCOPE will feature Queer and QTBIPOC film that explore diverse ways of looking at sexuality, gender and race.

 

As the titles suggests, QALEIDOSCOPE – will be a well-textured assemblage of images, ideas, and realities that collide in fantastical, personal, and playful ways to produce an ever-changing, multi-faceted queer film and performance art viewing experience.

 

Some of the films focus on image, sound and abstract narratives; others present information, facts, and queerforward realities; while others share the pleasure and pain of individual and collective identities. Even though experimental and artistically rigorous artworks are in abundance, and heavy hitting and thoughtful issues and topics such as feminism, race, racism, class, identity politics, community, colonization, conceptual art, politics, religion, violence, popular culture, gender and of course sexuality are provided for their important role in providing awareness and insight on many levels, transgressive and subversive play is also an important characteristic of several of the films on the tour. This is in keeping with Queer City Cinema’s mandate to reflect hallmarks of queer image making — in this case, film with a decidedly tongue-in-cheek disposition and sensibility; injecting the programming with moments of intelligent, incisive humour – film that pleases and appeases.

 

QALEIDOSCOPE was conceived to promote the artistic vision of queer Canadian filmmakers whose work might not otherwise be shown within these urban centres in Canada. These works, though falling under the banner of ‘queer’, remain relevant to the broader artistic communities in each of the five cities, not only because of the subject matter broached but also because many of the artists represented float amongst multiple disciplines within the context of the film, visual and performance art. In this sense, artistic rigour and the fluidity of experience are paramount in the programming for the tour.

 

For more information – please visit Queer City Cinema

 

 

Digital video still from Calla Moya's work past(or)already, 2022

 

SOUTHWEST SEEN

 

LOMAA has been happy to work with Museum London and a number of regional organizations, artists, and cultural workers to help present Southwest Seen. Below you will find information about the evolving program, and please keep checking back about the forthcoming projects.

 

Southwest Seen: Calla Moya
December 16 to March 2, 2023
Centre at the Forks Outdoor Screens

 

Outdoor projections are during nighttime hours at the Centre at the Forks (behind Museum London). Please note that during private events and on statutory holidays at the Museum, the projections will not be on view. If you have questions about the outdoor projection schedule, please contact Museum London during open hours at 519-661-0333 or info@museumlondon.ca.

 

Calla Moya’s experimental projection past(or)already inaugurates Southwest Seen, a series of  three new commissions of digital media artworks that reflect this region’s diverse culture and history. During hours of darkness, outdoor projections from the Museum’s Centre at the Forks windows will overlook the Forks of the Deshkan Ziibi / Thames River.

 

This project is a partnership with Windsor-Detroit’s Media City Film Festival (MCFF), which will also host these media works online from July 10 to August 10, 2023. Artistic and curatorial partners including MCFF’s Artistic Director Oona Mosna; the London Ontario Media Arts Association’s (LOMAA) Christine Negus; and jury members Evond Blake (aka MEDIAH), Anahí González Terán, and Amanda Myers/Kitaay Bizhikikwe.

 

In past(or)already, Moya uses childhood photographs as a resource to explore process, materials, and personal meaning. These images, including the young artist on a swingset in her grandmother’s backyard, or this area’s ubiquitous cornfields, were scanned, cut, and spliced into an almost quilt-like assemblage. It exists as an art object, with elements converted into 16 mm film and then digitized. These meticulous steps allow for a creative contemplation of both artistry and identity. Calla Moya’s media works have been exhibited at Artspace, Peterborough; The 8fest and Vtape in Toronto; the Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany; and Festival Phénomena, Montreal. Moya has participated in LOMAA’s Broad Topics series, and completed art residencies at Saw Video and Studio 303.

 

Southwest Seen is a special initiative involving the commission of new digital media works by Calla Moya, Racquel Rowe, and Jude Abu Zaineh; three artists with meaningful connections to Southwestern Ontario. Outdoor-facing projections from the Museum’s large Centre at the Forks windows, overlooking the Deshkan Ziibi (Thames River) will occur during hours of darkness. The works will run during three different time periods from December 2022 through August 2023. Southwest Seen is developed in partnership with Windsor-Detroit’s acclaimed Media City Film Festival (MCFF), which will also host these media works in 2023. The project involves artistic and curatorial partners including MCFF’s Artistic Director Oona Mosna; the London Ontario Media Arts Association (Christine Negus), and London artists Evond Blake (aka MEDIAH), Anahí González Terán, and Amanda Myers/Kitaay Bizhikikwe.

 

For more information – please visit Museum London

 

 

Confessions screening promo poster

 

CONFESSIONS: Films by Curt McDowell

Friday December 2nd @ 7pm

TAP Centre for Creativity

203 Dundas St. London, ON

 

In commemoration of World AIDS Day, LOMAA presents a selection of works by the prolific American filmmaker Curt McDowell (1945-1987), whose provocative and endearingly irreverent short films embrace the outlandish in a salacious celebration of early 1970’s queer underground cinema.

 

Featuring a recurring ensemble of family & friends, these outrageously bawdy and memorable low-brow delights depict an array of outcast degenerates in a series of subversive broken dream melodramas and campy musical routines.

 

Preceding the films will be a short presentation by Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) highlighting their educational outreach and community resources.

 

film programme duration : 74 minutes + intermission

note: nudity & explicit content

 

$5 admission

projected on 16mm film

 

This presentation is supported by the London Arts Council through the City of London’s Community Arts Investment Program