John B. Aird Gallery
900 Bay Street (at Wellesley), Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
May 30 - June 23, 2017
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 1, 2017, 6pm-8pm
Presented by the Ontario Public Service Pride Network
With support from the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity
Juried by Robert Houle, Pamila Matharu, and Syrus Marcus Ware
The Ontario Public Service Pride Network proudly presents Queer Landscapes, Queer Intersections – an art exhibition exploring the landscape of LGBTQ social issues and identities from an intersectional perspective.
This exhibition is presented as part of the OPS Pride Network’s 10th anniversary celebrations, and follows the network’s first art exhibition – Queer Landscapes, Queer Journeys – that was presented in 2015.
Queer Landscapes, Queer Intersections once again presents a diverse array of work by artists from across Ontario, showcasing a plurality of voices, experiences, and artistic practices represented among the province’s LGBTQ communities.
The exhibition is centred on the theme of intersectionality, a concept increasingly used to understand complex social equity issues through relationships of power and privilege. An intersectional perspective recognizes that it is not sufficient to view dimensions of identity and diversity in isolation, and that the intersection of social identities is critical to understanding social realities and impacts on individuals and communities.
Artworks included in the exhibition reflect how LGBTQ social issues and identities intersect with those related to race, gender, ethnicity, religion, age, ability, class, family structure, sexual and mental health, and other dimensions of potential discrimination, marginalization or stigma.
By presenting this exhibition, the OPS Pride Network hopes to spark conversation, reflection, and action that will continue progress toward equity, inclusion, and support for diversity.
We hope that you enjoy the exhibition.
Yara El Safi
R. Bruce Flowers
Julius Poncelet Manapul
Robert Houle is a Toronto artist and a member of Sandy Bay First Nation, Treaty One in Manitoba. He graduated from both the University of Manitoba (B.A.) and McGill University (B.Ed.) and studied painting and drawing at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg, Austria. Houle has been exhibiting internationally for over 40 years and taught at the Ontario College of Art and Design University for more than 20 years. He has written several essays and monographs on contemporary First Nations and Native American artists. His work is in many institutions including the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Royal Ontario Museum, McMichael Canadian Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Australia, and National Museum of the American Indian. He has received honourary doctorates from University of Ontario Institute of Technology (2016) and the University of Manitoba (2014), the 2015 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, the Canada Council Residency Program for the Visual Arts in Paris (2006), distinguished alumnus, University of Manitoba (2004), Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship (2003), Toronto Arts Award (2001), membership in the Royal Canadian Academy (2000), and the Janet Braide Memorial Award for Excellence in Canadian Art History (1993).
Pamila Matharu is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist, educator, and cultural producer. Her practice engages a close reading of the gaps and omissions through the ‘other’ experience; examining issues of identity (gender/race/class) and representation through socially engaged and social practice art, critical / feminist pedagogy and the minutiae of the everyday. Her installation artworks are the result of combined strategies through collage, analog, new media, publishing and social practice and she has participated in group exhibitions at WARC, Xpace, Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery (Toronto), Art Gallery of Peterborough, SAW Gallery (Ottawa) and vitrine projects at A Space Gallery and Gallery 44. Her media work has been awarded and screened locally, nationally, internationally and her curatorial projects have included site-specific projects such as gallery exhibitions, live art events, media art screenings and parties. She received her BA in Visual Arts and her Bachelor of Education in Fine Arts Education, from York University (Toronto), and has been grant recipient from the Toronto, Ontario and Canada Art Councils.
Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier Scholar, a visual artist, community activist, researcher, youth-advocate and educator. For 12 years, he was the Coordinator of the Art Gallery of Ontario Youth Program. Syrus is currently a facilitator/designer for the Cultural Leaders Lab (Toronto Arts Council & The Banff Centre). He is the inaugural artist-in-residence for Daniels Spectrum (2016/2017). Syrus is also a core-team member of Black Lives Matter Toronto. As a visual artist, Syrus works within the mediums of painting, installation and performance to challenge systemic oppression. Syrus’ work explores the spaces between and around identities; acting as provocations to our understandings of gender, sexuality and race. His work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Windsor, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), Gladstone Hotel, ASpace Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, SPIN Gallery and other galleries across Canada. His work has been reproduced in FUSE Magazine, The Globe and Mail, THIS Magazine, Blackness and Sexualities amongst others. His work has also been included in several academic journals including Small Axe and Women and Environment International.
Ontario Public Service Pride Network
The OPS Pride Network is an organization of volunteers that support and foster LGBTQ inclusion in the workplace for OPS employees and Broader Public Sector partners. The mission of the OPS Pride Network is to give voice to and effect positive change for LGBTQ employees in the OPS workplace. We accomplish this by conceptualizing, planning, organizing and facilitating programs which provide networking and educational opportunities and policy influence on critical issues facing the OPS and Broader Public Sector LGBTQ community. The OPS Pride Network will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2017.
Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity
The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) intersectionally promotes diversity in gender identity, gender expression, and romantic and/or sexual orientation in all its forms on a national level through services in the areas of education, health, and advocacy. Our resources and programming can be used to uplift gender and sexual minorities, as well as give the tools to wider populations in building allyship.
John B. Aird Gallery
The John B. Aird Gallery is located at 900 Bay Street in Toronto, inside the Ontario Government MacDonald Block Complex, Queen’s Park. It opened in 1985, and was named in honour of the twenty-third Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario to recognize his exceptional support of the visual arts in Canada. The mandate of the John B. Aird Gallery is to create awareness and enjoyment of works by contemporary professional artists. It is open to the public and free of charge.