Emergence Queer Arts Festival  —-  FEB 6-8TH 2014,  all events will take place in Conron Hall

SPOKEN WORD AND SYMPOSIA  |   Thursday, Feb 6th 5-7pm

5pm – Spoken word performance with Sâkihitowin Awâsis

5:30 – Symposia Against Marriage? Notes on Queering Family  with J. Jack Halberstam, Elspeth Brown, and Tunji Osinubi  co-sponsored by English and Writing Studies and the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism

6:45 – Reception and Refreshments

FILM SCREENINGS | Friday, Feb 7th 4:30-7:30 

4:30 Proteus directed by John Greyson

6:30Break and Refreshments

6:45Whispers of Life directed by Florian Halbedl and produced by Joshua M. Ferguson

7:00Q&A with John Greyson, Florian Halbedl  & Joshua M. Ferguson

COMMUNITY AND STUDENT ART | Saturday, Feb 8th 6-8pm  

6:00 Live music with Dinah Thorpe 

6:15Film Screenings:

Behind the Wall – Svitlana Shymko

Performance #1 – Julian Romano

Grease – Taylor Doyle

Bending The Lens: 20 Years Of The London Lesbian Film Festival –  Dir. Mary J. Daniel

Whispers of Life –  Florian Halbedl  & Joshua M. Ferguson

7:30 – Dinner and Refreshments

7:45- Walk around art exhibition

Rainbow Swirl – Jacob Evoy

Morning – Sophia Lloyd-Jones

Public Places | Private Spaces – Andie Shabbar

Stained Panes – Michelle Bunton

Changing Ideologies – Ayman Aldin 

Rubles – Amber Helene St. Thomas

The Fluid Morph-ism – Jessica Gowdy

Type to Disable – Vanessa Saw


Jack Halberstamphoto_1003321 is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at USC. Halberstam works in the areas of popular, visual and queer culture with an emphasis on subcultures. Halberstam regularly speaks on queer culture, gender studies and popular culture and publishes blogs at Halberstam published a book in 2011 titled The Queer Art of Failure in August 2011 from Duke University Press and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal from Beacon Press in 2012. Halberstam is currently working on a project about queer anarchy tentatively titled: The Wild.

Whispers of Life Jury & Audience Choice Award Winner, 26th REEL PRIDE Winnipeg Film Festival Q&A with: Director Florian Halbedl and Producer Joshua M. Ferguson

WOLAbout the film:

Deep in his thoughts and enjoying the peaceful surroundings, Tom, a gay teenager, is jolted out of his quaint and meditative park retreat by painful and homophobic words from his classmate. A few benches over, sits Charles, a man in his late forties, who witnesses the bullying. After the bullies leave, and to Tom’s surprise, Charles appears right next to him. The two strike up a conversation that quickly turns serious when Tom asks if Charles has ever thought about suicide. In this magical story about the interdependence of imagination and survival, and their life-changing connection, the boundaries between stranger/friend and survival/suicide are challenged when Charles takes Tom on a fantastical journey into Tom’s imagination that will forever alter the course of Tom’s future and life.

Sâkihitowin Awâsis
Spoken word performance 

Awâsis is a Michif, Two-Spirit, spoken word artist, writer, freedom fighter, and grassroots community organizer who is dedicated to cultivating anti-colonial resistance. Awâsis’ work focuses on inspiriting stories of land struggles, self-determination, and sexual autonomy. They are continuously inspired by acts of decolonization, Indigenous resurgence, and community healing.


Q & A with Dir. John Greyson

An interracial gay love story set in early 18th century South Africa about two men — a black prisoner living in a Cape Town penal colony and a Dutch sailor — who weather injustices as a result of their affair. MV5BMTgzNjY1NDcxMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTcyNTY1Mw@@._V1_SX640_SY720_

A recreation of the decade-long love affair in the 18th century in a Cape Town penal colony on Robben Island. The two lovers were a Dutch sailor imprisoned there for sodomy and a young Khoi herder. The Khoi were part of the Hottentot tribal group and as such were the untouchables of that time. The two were placed on trial and this love affair and the legal battles are the grist of Greyson and Lewis’ film based partly on court transcripts from the time. In South Africa, during the 1700s, sodomy was a crime deemed worse than murder, and the fact that these two young men had indulged in it was also complicated by the fact that this was an interracial love affair.Written by Sujit R. Varma


Bending The Lens: 20 Years Of The London Lesbian Film Festival
Director: Mary J. Daniel 

This film documents the inception, growth and impact of the longest running lesbian film festival in North America by exploring the challenges and successes of the LLFF through interviews with Reeling Spinsters past and present and film festival attendees. Come join us April 25, 26 27th,

Dinah Thorpe
Maybe it’s a third child thing, but Dinah Thorpe has a hard time making a lot of noise about her accomplishments. She therefore has to rely on other people to do it for her. Thorpe has been called “a wicked multi-instrumentalist with a low, smoky alto,” “a composer of infinite cleverness,” “heartrending and real…twisted and funny,” a singer with a “gorgeously deep and weary alto,” and “here to stay”. Thorpe calls herself a songwriter, musician, and producer, and she lives, gardens, bikes, and works in Toronto.

Taylor Doyle
I am  currently in my third year of the BFA (studio) program at Western. I am very active in my art making. I believe that we are all artists in our own way. I believe that it is blasphemous for someone to say they are incapable of creating art. Art can exist at any time, anywhere, in spectacular moments, and in the most ordinary of moments. My heart lies with video, audible experiences, and drawing practices. My videos are often about the body and relentless effort either expelled by it or projected onto it. I often represent a physical and/or mental struggle to address topics such as memory, childhood, societal pressures, sexuality, gender roles, and personal identity loss. I am also very interested in human endurance. This comes fro my obsession with health and fitness.

Julian Ross Romano 
My name is Julian Ross Romano; I am currently a fourth year student at Western University in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. As an artist in training I am still striving to find what theme I want to explore in my artwork. Recently I have been working in the areas of self-analysis, LGBT culture, and societal issues. My main focus is always studio photography and sculpture. Ever since coming into my fourth year at school I have begun to experiment with performance. The film I have submitted is my first performance. My film is based of a self-analysis that I wanted to tie in with the struggle of coming out as a gay male.

Ayman Aldin
Ayman Aldin was born in Baghdad, Iraq on July 8, 1993. After residing briefly in Libya, Ayman immigrated to Canada in 1999 with his parents and younger sister. His parents left all that was familiar to them to give Ayman and his sister the opportunities they never had. He is currently a 20 year old student in his third year at Western University. He spent his first two years studying Biological and Medical Sciences, but deliberately decided to follow his deepest passion: the arts, as an English student.

Sophia Lloyd-Jones
I am a second year student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, Honours specialization in Studio Arts, at the University of Western Ontario. I am very interested in photography and painting. I am from Vancouver, originally form Whistler, B.C. The photograph addresses lesbian stigma. When people first approach the photograph, they believe it is a couple sleeping looking serene, but as the viewer gets closer, they realize that it is two girls. It makes people uncomfortable once they realize that. I want people to think about why it should make them uncomfortable and why they would not consider it normal.

Michelle Bunton
Michelle Bunton is a second year undergraduate student at Western University in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program.  She is from Belleville Ontario, where her work has been showed in several local galleries.   Michelle has worked for NVision Productions, a professional photography studio located in Belleville.  She has always had an interest in photographic media as a means of communicating her concepts and ideas.  The advances in postproduction technology have allowed for a creative freedom in photographic work, something that Michelle does not take for granted.  Through digital manipulation, she has found a way to create external and physical representations for her internal experiences.  In her attempt to communicate complex emotions and ideas, the act of creating becomes a therapeutic act of contemplation and resolution.

Amber Helene St. Thomas
Amber is a queer emerging artist in London and fourth year BFA student at the University of Western Ontario accepted into the practicum program. The project Rubles, was done in response to a controversial Russian bill that stigmatizes LGBTTIQQ2S communities and bans giving children information about Queerness.  The gesture of using collage to reclaim Queer representation was done using Russian rubles as an act of defiance in response to unjust government action.  Protesters of this bill were attacked by anti-queer activists and then detained by police.  As a Queer individual, feminist, and cultural studies scholar, Queer human rights issues are a main concern in my life and work.

Jessica Gowdy 
Jessica Gowdy (London, Ontario) makes paintings and mixed media artworks. By examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, Gowdy uses a visual vocabulary that addresses many different social and political issues. The work incorporates time as well as space – a fictional and experiential universe that only emerges bit by bit. Gowdy tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations.

Vanessa Saw 
Vanessa Saw is a third year Women’s Studies Major at the University of Western Ontario. She has a particular interest in women in art and media and sees culture jamming as a powerful way to put theory into practice. “Type to Disable” is her first feminist art installation, highlighting how everyday technology such as a keyboard can be a site for feminist agency.

Jacob Evoy
Jacob has an Hon. B.A. in French and History and an M.A. in History and Women’s Studies. He is currently in his first year of the Women’s Studies and Feminist Research PhD program at Western University.  Jacob’s Interests include: Queer theory, pop culture, trauma theory, Holocaust history and memorialization, AIDS activism, LGBTQ activism, and Buzzfeed.

Andie Shabbar
Andie is a multi-media feminist artist. Her photography, video and installation work are framed by feminist philosophy, queer theory and social activism. Her interests focus on how the interaction between political discourses and the materiality of nonhuman matter manifest in women’s cultural production. Andie is currently a PhD Candidate at Western University in the department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research.