Curator: Eric Plamondon
Artists: Sheila Spence, Andrew Eastman, Bonnie Marin, Jeremiah Vallé, Hannah_g, Carl Shura, Renyl Lantano, Mackenzie Fedoruk and Oliver Chard
If movies engage the art of storytelling, one may conclude that Reel Pride participants seek queer stories. As such, it is fitting that the lounge of this queer story film festival be an area filled with art that captures queer stories, themes, and perspectives.
Photographs (Sheila Spence), sculptures (Mackenzie Fedoruk and Oliver Chard), prints (Jeremiah Vallé), poems (Andrew Eastman), design (Carl Shura and Renyl Lantano), drawings (Hannah_g), and dioramas (Bonnie Marin) transform the entrance and the lounge at Park Theatre, allowing patrons to be primed with images and words that are proper to the queer narrative; challenging ideas of sexuality and gender. It defines the space as one fit for conversations proper to the queer community. The mediums are eclectic in order to demonstrate how one understands the story through the process of how we access it; how it’s presented to us. The hope is that visual arts will blend with movie arts to enhance the experience of one another and speak to the space as a whole, and how we can transform them by inserting our stories.
Feel free to approach the pieces and be inspired by them. They might challenge you or simply draw you in. But same as movies, it might win you over with one strong line:
“I wish I knew how to quit you.” -Brokeback Mountain
Or one rip roaring statement:
“Give yourself over to absolute pleasure. Swim the warm waters of sins of the flesh. Erotic nightmares beyond any measure, and sensual daydreams to treasure forever. Can’t you just see it? Don’t dream it, be it.” -Rocky Horror Picture Show Just like movies, the magic happens at different times for different people. So, spend time with them; you’d be surprised what you can discover. All are created by hand, by clever, skillful and well established Winnipeg artists. But we all share in the result:
Real Art Pride.