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.
Jeremy Chase Sanders
Micah Elizabeth Scott
Maker Faire Artists and Artisans
Corey Brown and Ary Smith
Cartoon Art Museum
E. Salvador Hernandez
Heather C. Lou
E. Oscar Maynard
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.
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.