SYMPOSIUM: Being Other Elsewhere | Nov 9 @ 11am

OCAD University
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SYMPOSIUM: Being Other Elsewhere

A commonplace trope in the 2ST LGBQ+ sphere is that of escape — be it escape from persecution, violence or simple loneliness. The deeper uglier truth beneath this fantasy is that  there is no escape. The monsters we run from stalk us wherever we go. These presentations show how the  monstrosities of Racism, Islamophobia, Transphobia, and State Violence seek out and attack the vulnerable and marginal people. Bixa Travesty places itself in the context of a Brazil that is locked in the chokehold of ultra-conservative politics. In this analysis, the Travesti emerges as a figure who embodies resistance on every level, politically, artistically and personally.  In Traversing Darkrooms: The Lure Of The Glory Hole one of the sacred institutions of gay male life, the Club is exposed as a site of White supremacy. A Match Boy in Toronto gives space to an incredible artifact of local history: a photonovel. This blending of text and image gives valuable insight into the narrative gaps around HIV/AIDS.

Bixa Travesty – struggle and celebration of the woman’s cock

Daniel Zacariotti holds a Bachelor in Performing Arts from University of Brasília (2018) and Bachelor in Communication from the Catholic University of Brasília (2018). His research focuses on gender in media, communication and cinema. His projects focus mainly on trans studying the relationship between politics, gender, experience and performance within trans politics. Anelise Molina holds a Master’s in Communication from Brasília University (2015). She is a professor, Researcher and Project Leader at the Universidade Católica de Brasilia in the areas of Gender, Communication and Epistemology.

Traversing Darkrooms: The Lure Of The Glory Hole

Abdullah Qureshi is a Pakistani born artist, educator, and cultural producer. Within his practice, he is interested in using painting and collaborative methodologies to address personal histories, traumatic pasts, and childhood memories. His on-going doctoral project, Mythological Migrations: Imagining Queer Muslim Utopias, examines formations of queer identity and resistance in Muslim migratory contexts. In 2017, Qureshi received the Art and International Cooperation fellowship at Zurich University of the Arts, and in 2018, a research fellowship at the Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research, Boston as well as a three-year grant from Kone Foundation, Finland.

A Match Boy in Toronto

Balca Arda is Visual Artist and Assistant Professor in Visual Communication Design at Kadir Has University, Istanbul. Her PhD dissertation, The Sublime in Contemporary Art and Politics: The post-9/11 Art of the Middle Eastern Diaspora in North America (York University, 2016), builds on art theory and postcolonial studies. Balca was the illustrator for Davetsiz Misafir; a magazine of comics, science-fiction, cinema in Turkey. Her latest publication is “Contemporary Art on the Current Refugee Crisis” at British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.


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Ontario College of Art & Design University, 100 McCaul St, Toronto, M5T 1W1, Room 284

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