Nov 4 | 2:00pm
@ OCAD University
Free / by donation
** NOTE: This workshop has now gone rush. If you would like to attend, please come to the venue 15 minutes prior to start time and we will admit people if there is space available/no shows.
This filmmaking workshop for QTBIPOC people, lead by Indigenous artists Dayna Danger and Thirza Cuthand, explores the ways in which QTBIPOC people can create sexual/sensual/erotic images and stories while living under colonization. Using examples from the artists own work, and workshopping participants ideas, this experience will discuss reclaiming the erotic from the colonizers gaze.
TQFF offers this workshop for QTBIPOC people only in order to offer a space for people who have experienced local and global colonization to think through the politics of Decolonizing Sexuality.
This workshop is restricted to 10 participants who identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a person of colour. Registration is on a first come, first served basis, so reserve your spot early!
Thirza Jean Cuthand was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995 she has been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, youth, love, and race, which have screened in festivals internationally, including the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, Mix Brasil Festival of Sexual Diversity in Sao Paolo, ImagineNATIVE in Toronto, Frameline in San Francisco, Outfest in Los Angeles, and Oberhausen International Short Film Festival in Germany. She completed their BFA majoring in Film and Video at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and their Masters of Arts in Media Production at Ryerson University.
Besides her work in short form videos, she has also been developing a screenplay with Telefilm and working on a video game about being bipolar. She is of Plains Cree and Scots descent, a member of Little Pine First Nation, and currently resides in Toronto.
Tio’tia:ke – Moonyang, 2Spirit, Metis – Anishinaabe(Saulteaux) – Polish BFA MFA
Through utilizing the processes of photography, sculpture, performance and video, Danger creates works and environments that question the line between empowerment and objectification by claiming the space with their larger than life works. Ongoing works exploring BDSM and beaded leather fetish masks negotiate the complicated dynamics of sexuality, gender and power in a consensual and feminist manner. As a visual artist, fire-starter and drummer, their focus remains on Indigenous visual and erotic sovereignty and uplifting 2S, trans and non-binary kin. Danger has exhibited their work nationally and internationally in such venues as Latitude 53, Edmonton AB; Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, MB; Warren G Flowers Art Gallery, Montreal; dc3 Projects, Edmonton; Roundhouse, Vancouver, and the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe. Danger has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and at Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art. Danger currently serves as a board member of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC/CCA). Danger is an Artist in Residence through Initiative for Indigenous Futures at AbTeC.