BlaQ Artistry: Black Queer Contributions to Art & Music

Black Queer artists too often face erasure from both Queer histories and the Canadian art canon. For Black History Month 2021, we honoured the conductors and community builders who are examples of the power of artistic expression, building bridges, and sharing their inspirational gifts. They are a critical part of the work that connects us and demands us through representation to stand for inclusivity and accountability.

Their work is joy and laughter; it is pain and despair. It is empowering and inspiring, documenting the beauty in the nuance of the Black experience. Despite harmful exclusion from the mainstream, Black Queer contemporary artists create, educate, and narrate, challenging the status quo, gifting us with the influential foundations of Queer culture.

Anoushka Ratnarajah, Artistic Director, and Nya Lewis, VQFF Programmer curated three incredible films and highlighted 12 Black Queer Canadian Artists to Know << hyperlink to corresponding blog post>> throughout February.

Included films:

Keyboard Fantasies | Posy Dixon | USA | 2019 | 1h 3min | English
(co-production with VIFF)

Brother to Brother | Rodney Evans | USA | 2004 | 1h 34min | English

Difficult Love | Zanele Muholi & Peter Goldsmid | South Africa | 2010 | 47min | English, Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans with English subtitles