ABOUT THIS PROJECT
We are a group of queer racialized artists and as such, we are living a double marginalisation. Representation is therefore a very important matter, if not critical. We know that before colonisation, expressions of gender and sexuality were numerous, and the boundaries between genders were fluctuant and flexible. By the way they lived and existed in the world, and the way they were in relationship to each other, we can see in our ancestors the avant-garde of Queer ideology.
But where are they in the old tales and narratives ? Through testimonies and archival research, our aim is to connect with our ancestors, our elders, our models and our inspirations as queer racialized people, and bring them back to life through a series of portraits using various visual arts practices.
With this project, we hope to contribute to the decolonization and celebration of our racialized and LGBTQIA+ communities’ stories, while unlearning dominant narratives. This project also presents itself as an opportunity to develop and establish solidarity and support between marginalized groups. Through this series of portraits, we would also like to honour our legacies and their will of resistance, while showing the complex organisation of colonized societies.
Above all, we wish to anchor this project in a transformative justice perspective that will contribute to the beginning of a collective and personal healing through the discovery and celebration of our ancestors and the precursors of LGBTQIA+ fights.