Werllayne Nunes, “Xangô e a dança dos leões,” 2009
Virile, daring, and righteous, Xangô punishes liars and thieves. Noted for his pride, he is never willing to take second place…Xangô, the orixá of thunder, is so popular in Brazil that, in Recife in the state of Pernambuco, his name is used to refer to religious groups of Yorùbá origin.
Faces, colors, and cultural and religious traditions from my native Brazil and other African diasporic countries are the subjects of my current series of paintings. My main interest lies in challenging the ways in which the media typically portrays peoples from the Global South. Photos and other visual images often depict a one-dimensional people whose identities are defined solely by helplessness and powerlessness stemming from their socioeconomic conditions. This recurrence of these images ascribes a superficial identity to people from these regions and fails to recognize their agency. Using these images as a starting point, I lift figures out of their depicted contexts and place them in colorful backgrounds that recall patterns of contemporary design in order to counter representations of people of the Global South as primitive. I then juxtapose these portraits with images that represent cultural or religious symbols in order to create a kind of visual magical realism characterized by the simultaneous existence of two conflicting perspectives—reality and fantasy.
(Trans Women’s Arts Toronto)
CALL OUT FOR SUBMISSIONS
Due June 10th, 2012
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Do you identify as a trans woman (MTF, MAAB genderqueer, transsexual, tgirl, transgender, hijra, travesti, transvestite, woman of transsexual experience, etc etc etc etc etc)?
Do you create fine art? (Film/video, visual art, performance, dance, sculpture, photography, music, and everything else that we create and destroy)
THEN WE WANT TO FEATURE YOUR WORK!
TWAT/fest will be held in August 2012.
Film/video, Photography, and Visual Art Submissions:
Please send us good quality images/scans/links to videos for consideration, along with a brief artist’s statement or description of the work. If your film/video work is in a language other than English, we will be happy to consider it if subtitles in English are provided. Short film/video works are preferred, but we may consider long form film/videos, as well.
Performance Art and Dance Submissions:
Please send us a short proposal (maximum length: two pages) of the work that you intend to submit for consideration. Also let us know any technical needs you may require. Links to video footage of this performance, or of other performances you’ve created would be extremely helpful. Please note that, while we will be paying all artists involved in TWAT Fest, we are doing this entirely grassroots and it is unlikely that we will be able to cover travel or accommodation costs if your work is selected. We may be able to find you accommodation in the houses of local fabulous queer/trans activists to offset your travel costs.
Sculpture and Installation Submissions:
Please send us images (if possible) and a proposal/artist’s statement describing your work and any technical/space/time needs you may require. We are especially interested in installations that can be put in non-traditional/public spaces.
Other Artwork Submissions:
Please send us a proposal, artist’s statement, and any other documentation that you can provide for your work (images, links to videos, sound recordings, etc.). We are open to considering any kind of fine art.
EMAIL ALL SUBMISSIONS TO firstname.lastname@example.org WITH THE SUBJECT LINE: TWAT fest submission.
WHO YOU ARE MATTERS
All submissions must include a short bio (maximum length 500 words), and a micro bio (maximum length 100 words), and an artist’s CV (if possible – you DO NOT need to be an established artist to be considered). We strongly encourage submissions from trans women of colour, Two Spirit trans women, trans sex workers, trans women living with disabilities, trans women living with HIV, young trans women, trans women seniors, trans women/MTF-spectrum people who also identify as genderqueer and/or non-binary, and trans women who have never had their artwork featured anywhere before. We encourage you to self-identify if you fit into one or some of these identities. And please let us know what pronouns you use to describe yourself.
WHO IS MORGAN M. PAGE?
Morgan M. Page is a transfeminist activist, writer, performance + video artist, and Santera in Toronto. She is a young, queer, white, able-bodied, former sex worker, and high school drop out. She currently works at The 519 Church Street Community Centre as Trans Community Services Coordinator, where she runs programs for trans adults, trans youth, and trans sex workers. She has performed in Toronto and Montreal. In June 2011, Morgan was the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Community Empowerment award at the Youthline’s Community Youth Awards. She writes for PrettyQueer.com.
WHY “TWAT” FEST?
Because it’s a funny acronym! And because it’s kind of tongue in cheek, given that this is a festival for trans women (some of whom may have twats, but many of whom do not). Because I came up with the acronym and that’s what has kept up my enthusiasm for organizing this festival.
Manimal Sculptures by Kate Clark
Currently on display at Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, these sculptures are like the inverse of a furry, though equally as disturbing. I swear their eyes are following me. Stop… stop it.
whoah hella creepy- this kind of looks like terrible photoshop
D’bi Young talks about eight principles that she believes can, and will, empower artists, particularly resonating with the needs of African artists.
Presented by The Morcos Brothers
Produced by Okepne Ojang
Cinematography by Elwin Buchel
Brought to you by African Centre
an Andover Yellow / Afritude Production
I’m taking a two day class with d.bi young next month on The Sorplusi Method. I’m so excited!