TOMORROW SATURDAY JUNE 4TH!!!
This show is really exciting you shouldn't miss it, I'll be there and I can't wait, so many talented inspiring artists! Please try and make it out and support Queer artists!
Saturday, June 4 · 1:00pm - 4:00pm
SomArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan St. (btwn 8th and 9th st.)
San Francisco, CA
Opening reception on Sat 6/4 is FREE!
(SomArts is wheelchair-accessible and encourages all folks attending the opening to refrain from wearing scented products for those with chemical/fragrance sensitives)
Inspired by the late 1960s utopian builders’ guide A Whole Earth Catalog, QIY: Queer It Yourself – Tools for Survival presents a forum for queer do-it-yourself culture and alternative world making.
QIY is envisioned as a laboratory for creating a sustainable queer culture and demonstrating the power of self and community organizing, re-creation, speculation, and transformation. As an antidote to anti-sociality theories of queerness (that suggest queerness can only be rendered as a negation of heteronormativity), Queer It Yourself invites artists to forge their own tools for surviving the everyday challenges of contemporary queer existence.
The exhibition is built around artists’ workstations, participatory spaces, hands-on training sites, maps, and user-friendly art that uses immersive and interactive experiences to demonstrate the idea of art as a tool ¾as having active agency within the totality of a meaningful lived world.
The QIY curators have queered the index of the original “Whole Earth Catalog” and adapted its thoughtful and useful categories to frame our own QIY space.
Land Use / Dig it (organic farming, community gardens, eco-projects, cruising sites, earthworks, recycling projects).
Shelter / Sheltering (guides to urban and rural homemaking, greening your living space, creating mood lighting with energy efficient fixtures, housing collectives, polyamorous living).
Craft Making / Queering it (queer arts and crafts, craft demos, how-to guides and workshops).
Commerce / Selling it (selling it, experiments with capitalism, fashion collectives, sexwork, alternative book, art, and product distribution).
Community / Join in (political organizing, queer community organizing, ad hoc political action committees, queer pride, gay shame, organizing your first demonstration).
Nomadics / Roaming (the culture of the road, the runway, the superhighway, transnationalism, queer diasporas, queer immigrant and exile cultures).
Communications / Connecting (zines, homo-core music, queer speed-dating, independent publishing, social networking, blogging, promotional strategies, writing your first press release, street art, queer graffiti).
Learning / Get Schooled (community art and culture projects, health activism, continuing education, grant writing and fundraising, guides for queer survival).
Style / Working it (working the runway, drag king culture, drag queen culture, fashion and make-up tips and tricks, makeover demonstrations, finding the right photographer for your head-shot).
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With artwork by:
Anthea Black, Richard Bolingbroke, Cooper Lee Bombardier, Julie Perini, Wayne Bund, Timothy Bruehl, Esra Canogullari, Liz Collins, Finley Coyl, Greg Der Ananian, DirtStar, Eric Robinson, Robin Field, Florencia Morano, Ricardo Gamboa (curator of the Youth Leadership & Engagement Project), Tammy Rae Carland, the GLBT Historical Society, Stephan Jora, Dorian Katz, Ali Liebegott, Bo Luengsuraswat, Mev Luna, Diana Martin, Million Fishes Gallery, Annie Murphy, Jeremy Novy, Jeremy Sanders, The |wör|iors, Kevin Seaman, Allison Smith, Ernesto Sopprani, The Cockettes - courtesy Rumi Missabu, Visual Aid, A’dra Wilson, Rachel Wood.
QIY curatorial committee:
Terri Berlier, Josh Faught, Jordy Jones, Rudy Lemcke (chair), Matt McKinnley, Pamela Peniston, and Tina Takemoto.
Exhibition Coordinator: Nicki Green
Exhibition Design: Matt McKinnley
Special thanks to: Anthony Privatera