Check out the Unsettling Imaginaries exhibit at @401richmond’s @aspacegallery - on til tomorrow! There are so many stunning reflections from the queer Filipinx community in Canada.
“Whitewashed Cockfight” by @juliusmanapulart is composed of cut-outs from gay magazines that hang from the the ceiling in the shape of two fighting roosters. It’s a beautiful and powerful commentary on the racism within the gay community.
If we want to see more diversity in art in all its forms, we need to show up and support in real ways. That means bringing our bodies to exhibits and galleries, using our dollars to buy books, and sharing with our networks far and wide! We’re going to keep sharing ways you can support minority voices in mainstream spaces!
‘Whitewashed Bakla in the Presence of a Rice Queen’ by @juliusmanapulart combines images of gay porn, the artists’ portrait, butterflies that are indigenous from the Philippines, Filipino whitewashing products, and westernized tanning products. A gorgeously detailed piece that also doubles as commentary on Filipino queer identity, the racism within the gay community, and the ways in which we attempt to transform the very skin we’re in to fit mainstream ideas of beauty and longing. Gosh, isn’t it just so damn great when something so aesthetically beautiful challenges you to think more critically too?
This is just one installation of the Unsettling Imaginaries exhibit at @401richmond’s @aspacegallery - on til December 16. So many more stunning reflections on the queer Filipinx community in Canada! And trust me, the details in these pieces are something you need to see in person. I’ll keep saying this over and over again - consume more diverse art in all its forms and support minority voices!
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The @agotoronto’s #EveryNowThen exhibition is coming to an end today! This exhibit is a critical and essential reflection on #Canada150 that reclaims a piece of Canada's history for Indigenous, immigrant, and racialized voices. We can't say enough just how important this exhibit has been for an institution guided not by public participation, but by the generic elite (read: white people).
This piece by Gu Xiong was a poignant and prominent interrogation of Niagara Falls as an iconic Canadian place. Prior to this installation, we had no idea how many seasonal migrant workers harvest produce in the region. We’ve only ever been exposed to the falls, the vineyards, and the gaudy Clifton Hills. No one ever told us about the many Mexicans and Jamaicans who work twelve to fourteen hour days, seven days a week labouring in fields. These snapshots displayed here pay homage and bear witness to this rarely told story.
Pop by the AGO today and support minority voices!