The Curatorial Incubator, v.17: On the Other Side – It’s Heaven
“Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens.” – David Byrne
This fall, Vtape will present four programs developed by the 2021 Curatorial Incubator Incubatees after an extensive research phase where each of them viewed scores of potential titles to exhibit within their curatorial premise. Each program is accompanied by an essay written by each curator. The entire publication can be viewed here: The Curatorial Incubator, v.17: On the Other Side – It’s Heaven PUBLICATION
Please join us for these dynamic LIVE ON-LINE events. Each program is presented on a Thursday at 7PM ET and will continue to be available for the following three weeks until the next program rolls out.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2021 @7pm ET
Crocus Collective is a Toronto-based curatorial collective led by Karina Iskandarsjah and Dallas Fellini. Their program, gendertrash from hell: to heaven, is a mini retrospective of the work of Mirha-Soliel Ross, transsexual videographer, performance artist, sex worker and activist. The program focuses on Ross’ advocacy and activism covering a broad landscape of politics and desire.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2021 @7pm ET
In her program A world of our own; creating Black queer utopias, Winnipeg-based Mahlet Cuff presents shorts that vary from documentary to experimental films. The program includes films by Abdi Osman, kyisha williams, Natalie Wood and Ayo Tsalithaba. They each touch on topics of friendship, resilience, dance and language, suggesting that Black queer folks are able to make their own spaces that bring their communities together.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2021 @7pm ET
Ashley Raghubir’s program Embodied Intimacies: Gesturing Towards Understanding, embraces the idea of an earthly paradise. Bracketed by works that tenderly reveal mother-daughter relationships, her program contains documentary, experimental and performance-based works that communicate through movement, speech, and Sign language the range of gestures the body reveals in both movement and stasis.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2021 @7pm ET
With her program Spirit, Feeding, Joy Xiang considers the materialization of heaven as a more just world through ghosts, desire, wishes, and speculative fiction. She asks: What does it mean to be inside or outside heaven? What if heavens were conceived of as already here on earth, being transformed in perpetuity, collapsing boundaries of heaven/hell/utopia/reality.
COVER IMAGE: How to explain performance art to my teenage daughter, Rachel Echenberg (2018)