Beyond Visibility: Queer Art and Activism considers the relationship between art and social change through the lens of queer history. Offering an expanded consideration of queer art and activism, the talk will explore resistance across a wide range of contexts. How can we begin to think beyond linear narratives of “progress” and re-situate politics at the heart of queer artistic practice? Drawing upon historical and contemporary figures, Adam Barbu will illustrate how artists imagine alternative futures by interrogating the relationship between visibility and assimilation.
Adam Barbu is a writer, curator, and educator based in Ottawa. They hold an M.A. in Art History from the University of Toronto and are a recipient of the Middlebook Prize for Young Canadian Curators. In 2019, they participated in Vtape’s The Researcher is Present residency program, which resulted in the presentation of the group exhibition Empty History. They have lectured on topics in art history and queer theory at universities, research institutions, and museums locally, nationally, and internationally.
This program is offered in partnership with Spectrum, Waterloo Region’s Rainbow Community Space as part of our PRIDE celebration. You can learn more about Spectrum and other community PRIDE events at ourspectrum.com
This program is delivered on Zoom, you only need to register once per viewing device.