In Conversation with Amber Dawn and Anoushka Ratnarajah

In Conversation with Amber Dawn and Anoushka Ratnarajah

What a treasure it is, to learn from creative women! Amber Dawn and Anoushka Ratnarajah, Artistic Directors of this year's Vancouver Queer Film Festival, speak to their creative collaboration and its fruitful results. “Amber and Anoushka beam support for one another and seemed to be incredibly in-sync on just about everything... The power duo embody this year’s festival theme of Love and Resistance—loving through art, activism, conversation and community while resisting troubling and problematic patterns that have historically suppressed marginalized voices.” Film fans rejoice!

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Interview: Artist Charlotte Spafford

Interview: Artist Charlotte Spafford

“I’m interested in what happens when these objects are in a room together. Most of the objects are unremarkable things that have deep meaning and rich stories—things like books, cups, teapots, pendants, rocks, etcetera. I’ve used my own style when re-creating these things—which includes elements of simplicity, delicacy, and whimsy—so the objects will be seen from a new perspective.”

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The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir

The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir

So much of my youth was shrouded in silence: the silence of my parents’ experiences in World War II; the silence of sexual abuse; the silence of family dysfunction; the silence of growing up gay at a time when homosexuality had only recently been decriminalized and declassified as a mental illness; the silence of spending six years in a therapy that sought to change me into something that I wasn’t.

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Review: Pictures From Here

Review: Pictures From Here

This restraining tether to an origin is a common theme in the art world’s discussion of photoconceptualism broadly, especially in Vancouver: today, 40 years after Girard began capturing incredible colour photography of the city’s neon lights at night, we are still invited to major gallery openings to look at art that perpetuates the same narrative, and celebrates the same people. Jeff Wall owns the lightbox, and the “pioneers” of photoconceptualism own Vancouver photography and in some ways, Vancouver art.

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