Love Intersections is a media arts collective made up of queer artists of colour dedicated to collaborative filmmaking and relational storytelling. We produce intersectional and intergenerational stories from underrepresented communities – centering the invisible, the spiritual, the metaphysical and the imaginary. We believe in deep and meaningful relationships, that intersectionality is a verb and a call to action, that we must cultivate social trust through collective care and community responsibility. Our desire is to provoke (he)artful social change through a lens of love.
“Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements” is a visual art exhibit inspired by the Chinese Five Elemental forces, seized by the urgent tensions between Queer Chinese diasporic identities. A collection of multichannel installations, visual and sculptural activations provoke a cosmic encounter of our living past and present as we ‘race’ towards a healing future. These elemental activations attempt to collapse the linear temporality to dislodge an emotional, spiritual, cosmological, and metaphysical enunciation of our Queer ‘Chineseness’. Rather than focus on the trauma that queer people of colour face, this project is fundamentally an invitation to an exuberant celebration of queerness that is unabashedly Chinese.
We invite you to celebrate with us.
Sat, Feb 1 | Opening Reception
Sun, Feb 2 | Workshop with Kai Cheng Thom
Sat, Feb 15 | Yellow Peril Film Screening + Artist Talk
Sat, Mar 7 | Community Food Sharing + Dumpling Making Activation
Sat, Apr 4 | Grave Sweeping Activation & Closing Ceremony
VENUE: Sum Gallery
Queer Arts Festival x Sum Gallery
425 – 268 Keefer St. Vancouver
SUM Gallery is located on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. We recognize their sovereignty, as there are no treaties on these lands, and we are committed to building right relations based on respect and consent.
Saturday, February 1 (3:30pm-6pm)
Sunday, February 2 (1:30pm-4:30pm)
Workshop: Can we imagine a world without punishment?
Thinking about love and justice with Kai Cheng Thom
Writer, performance artist, and community healer Kai Cheng Thom invites us to think about love and justice in this workshop focused on transformative justice within the queer community. Thom’s fourth book, I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl’s Notes from the End of the World, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in Fall 2019.
The workshop is open to all and is held in parallel to QAF’s SUM Gallery’s visual art exhibit “Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements” curated by Love Intersections (Jen Sungshine, Jay Cabalu, Kendell Yan, David Ng).
Sunday, February 2 (5pm-6pm)
Saturday, February 15 (3pm-5pm)
Yellow Peril: Queer Destiny Film Screening + Artist Talk
Saturday, March 7 (3pm-5pm)
Community Food Sharing + Dumpling Making Activation
Saturday, April 4 (3pm-5pm)
Grave Sweeping Activation and/or other performance / Closing Event(s)