Presented by the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in partnership with Nuit Rose, Queering Space invites celebrated Canadian queer artists to create contemporary multidisciplinary responses to the CLGA’s historical collection, reigniting its relevance while exploring the evolution of queer sites across space and time.
The transformation of queer spaces throughout history from fugitive, protective interiors like dimly lit bathhouses and bars to publicly visible sites of resistance, protest and pride mimics the trajectory of architecture as a whole. The ever-increasing transparency and reflectivity of contemporary construction materials like glass and chrome facilitate visibility, openness and self-awareness, eliminating the necessary opacity of yesterday’s brick and mortar barriers and dismantling the threshold between the “inside” and the “outside”.
Employing tools for the navigation of space and place –including maps, floor plans, street signage, door keys, postcards, scale models, and architectural elements– Queering Space encourages viewers to enter in and explore the spaces –at once private and public, local and global, indoor and outdoor, physical and digital– where LGBTQ+ histories continue to unfold.
Featured artists include:
Raymond Helkio & Rolyn Chambers
Pearl Van Geest
Curated by James Fowler and Sarah Munro