12 January 2017, 1:00pm at 611 Studios.
Adrian Stimson is a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation in southern Alberta. He is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator with a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art & Design and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan.
Stimson is also curator of UnSettled, an exhibition that will be part the Queer Arts Festival (QAF), which runs from June 17-29, 2017 in Vancouver. Resolutely contemporary, the exhibition will focus on art produced in the new millennium, bringing together Two-Spirit visual artists working in new media, video, photography, performance, painting, sculpture, and installation in Canada.
“I was in Indigenous politics for eight years. But I find the arts to be a gentler place to deal with the issues of residential schools, racism and homophobia.” He is clearly engaged in the task of creating new stories in the face of censored histories. And his work repeatedly focuses on the figure of the buffalo as a metaphor for spirituality, resistance and creativity. As he tells it, “I use the bison as a symbol representing the destruction of the Aboriginal way of life, but it also represents survival and cultural regeneration. The bison is central to Blackfoot being. And the bison as both icon and food source, as well as the whole history of its disappearance, is very much a part of my contemporary life.” In Stimson’s work, the buffalo appears in many guises: as provocative trickster in Buffalo Boy; as romantic icon in the black-and-white paintings; and as witness, mourner and survivor in two hauntingly beautiful installations, Old Sun (2005) and Sick and Tired (2004), in which Stimson bears witness to the impact of residential schools on Aboriginal lives. (From Canadian Art.)
Co-presented by the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU and the Queer Arts Festival.
The Queer Arts Festival (QAF) is an annual artist-run multidisciplinary festival at the Roundhouse. Recognized as one of the top 5 festivals of its kind worldwide (Melbourne Herald Sun), QAF harnesses the visceral power of the arts to inspire recognition, respect, and visibility of people who transgress gender and sexual norms. We celebrate the rich heritage of queer artists and art, bringing diverse communities together to incite artistic risk-taking, encourage experimentation and cultivate creative collaborations. Each year, the festival theme ties together a curated visual art exhibition, performing arts series, readings, artist talks, panels, workshops, and media art screenings. QAF has garnered wide acclaim as “easily one of the best art exhibitions of the year” (Vancouver Sun), “concise, brilliant and moving” (Georgia Straight), and “on the forefront of aesthetic and cultural dialogue today” (Xtra).