Queer Cultural Center presents Creative Labor, June 5–24, 2016


Presented as part of the 2016 National Queer Arts Festival, Creative Labor: Queer-It-Yourself (QIY) Expo and Faire focuses on how material and immaterial labor manifests itself in the work of queer Bay Area artists. The exhibition focuses on the use of traditional craft techniques in non-traditional ways, new media work that uses code and image processing to weave narrative and experimental structures across platforms, and the idea of the Craft, Maker, and Pop-Up marketplaces as alternative models for economic and aesthetic transactions.

The QIY (Queer-It-Yourself) Expo and Faire exhibition is envisioned as a laboratory and experimental network for creating a sustainable queer culture and demonstrating the power of self and community organizing, re-creation, speculation, and transformation. Queer-It-Yourself culture invites artists to forge their own tools, visions and systems of exchange for confronting the everyday challenges of contemporary queer existence and to invent and re-imagine alternative modes of aesthetic and economic sustainability.

The QIY Faire and opening reception on Sunday, June 5 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm will feature queer arts and crafts, zines, artisan products, and inventive creations of all type. QIY workshops and hands-on demos will be featured during the Faire. The Faire is free and open to the public.

Exhibiting Artists

Indira Allegra
Carlo Abruzzese
Bren Ahearn
EG Crichton, 
Jamee Crusan
Torreya Cummings
Lorenzo Cardim
Kadet Kuhne
Evie Leder
Mia Nakano
Ramekon O’Arwisters
Kolbe Roper
Tim Roseborough
Jeremy Chase Sanders
Micah Elizabeth Scott
Angie Wilson
Debra Walk

Maker Faire Artists and Artisans

Audacious IAM
Anna Anti-Palidrome
Micah Bazant
Corey Brown and Ary Smith
Cartoon Art Museum
Jamee Crusan
Roxana Dhada
Alexander Hernandez
E. Salvador Hernandez
Heather C. Lou
Dorian Katz
E. Oscar Maynard
Radar Productions
ObsidianMoon Astrology
Liam Peters
Ramekon O’Arwisters
Ritual and Repeat
Wild Fancy Design

Creative Labor is presented at SOMArts in partnership with the Queer Cultural Center and the National Queer Arts Festival.

Indira Allegra

Image credits (from top to bottom): Lorenzo Cardim, “The Harbinger,” Photo from performance. Image courtesy of the artist. Indira Allegra, “Documenting Disability,” Three-Channel Video Installation. Image courtesy of the artist.

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