Queering the Map: On_site
Be the first to co-create queer space with us! In an effort to encourage a collaborative, messy, and contradictory curatorial vision, visitors will be invited to contribute to and alter the exhibition by posting, rearranging, and commenting on stories that resonate with them. In addition to the interactive exhibition space, a free meal will be provided by Miqmak Catering Indigenous Kitchen to celebrate the opening of "Queering the Map: ON_SITE" (while supplies last).
Queering The Map is a community-generated counter-mapping platform for LGBTQ2I+ moments, memories, and histories in relation to physical space. The intent of the project is to collaboratively archive the cartography of queer memory, from park benches to the middle of the ocean — in order to preserve our histories and unfolding realities, which continue to be invalidated, contested, and erased. From collective action to coming out stories, encounters with violence to moments of rapturous love, Queering the Map functions as a living archive of queer feeling. By mapping out queer experience in its intersectional permutations, the project works to create affinity across difference and beyond borders. At the time of writing, Queering The Map is home to over 72,000 stories of queer joy, pain, and resistance, in 23 languages, from across the world.
"Queering The Map: ON_SITE" is a public program that includes a series of workshops, performances, a publication, and an exhibition that translates the virtual world of Queering The Map into a physical location. In an effort to encourage a collaborative, messy, and contradictory curatorial vision, visitors will be invited to contribute to and alter the exhibition by interacting with stories from the platform that resonate with them. What new relationships are possible within and through the digital archive of Queering The Map, when its contents leap from the screen and can be touched and reconfigured? What might it feel like to move through a world animated by queer pasts and presents and what futurities might emerge from this kind of knowledge? How can the digital community generated by the project be activated in real time?
"Queering The Map: ON_SITE" will be activated by a series of workshops and an evening of performances that deepen and complicate the format of the digital platform and the themes it explores. The programming topics include; digital self-defense for marginalized communities, counter-cartography through beadwork, mapping desire through movement, a drag queen story hour, a latin partner dance class, self-reflection through hip hop, recontextualizing personal histories through affirmative autoethnography, prototyping to materialize possible futurities, and strategies for deepening interspecies kinship.
4TH SPACE, at Concordia University is located on the ground floor level and is wheelchair accessible. There is one wheelchair accessible, gender-neutral bathroom on the third floor. To raise other accessibility requests or questions please contact 4TH SPACE.
We acknowledge that to be “on site” requires that we question our relationship to the past, present, and future of the site on which we gather - Tiohtiá:ke on the unceded lands of the Kanien'kehá: ka Nation. Tiohtiá:ke is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. If this is not your land, how did you get here? How did your ancestors get here? How does race, gender, sexuality, citizenship, ability, and class affect the ways in which we relate to, move through, and create space? While the exhibition and corresponding programming is free of charge, we will be encouraging and collecting donations for The Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal.
While the act of queering space can point out the limitations of the ways in which the world around us is produced and normalized by and for certain bodies and not others, it is pertinent that we continuously reflect and act on the ways in which settler LGBTQI+ life is complicit in upholding ongoing colonial structures. As a pin on Queering The Map in Honolulu, Hawaii attests: “queer liberation must mean decolonization, and decolonization must mean queer liberation.”
This project is generously supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's (SSHRC) Connection Grant, the Sustainability Action Fund and the External and Mobilization Fund at Concordia University, as well as the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture.