University of Manitoba School of Art Gallery: cause to become - Whess Harman, Mariana Muñoz Gomez, Florence Yee, and Hagere Selam (shimby) Zegeye-Gebrehiwot - Curated by Christina Hajjar, April 1 - May 14

cause to become

Whess Harman, Mariana Muñoz Gomez, Florence Yee, and Hagere Selam (shimby) Zegeye-Gebrehiwot

Curated by Christina Hajjar

April 1 to May 14, 2021

To be living in a diaspora, away from the lands of our lineage creates a generative longing that is stubbornly, rightfully unquenchable. Instead of characterizing longing through the void, cause to become engages memory, imagination, and rumination as processes that generate alternative life paths, self-determined and with creative defiance. Through criticality and sentimentality, the aesthetic practices of queer diaspora "disorient and reorient us"—as scholar Gayatri Gopinath puts it—representing liminality and states of suspension as active, productive, disruptive sites.

To "cause to become'' is to render. Being a queer person of colour in a hostile world necessitates art-making as a validating method of identity exploration, intimacy, and world-building. This group exhibition brings together works in various media ranging from Super 8 film and CMYK screen printing to typography, poetry, and embroidery. Artists Whess Harman, Mariana Muñoz Gomez, Florence Yee, and Hagere Selam (shimby) Zegeye-Gebrehiwot demonstrate the value in remembering, imagining, or anticipating home or place, and constructing alternative modes of becoming.

Adjunct Programming

Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora: A Lecture by Dr. Gayatri Gopinath

Thursday, April 15, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. CDT

Facilitated on Zoom and live-streaming on the School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba YouTube channel. Live captions and ASL available. Event will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube.

Presented in partnership with the gracious support of the University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities.

Mariana Muñoz Gomez

mapping elsewhere: A Reading by Mariana Muñoz Gomez

Thursday, May 6, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. CDT

Facilitated on Zoom and live-streaming on the School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba YouTube channel. Live captions and ASL available. Event will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube.

Exhibition and adjunct programming presented with the support of the Government of

Canada through the Young Canada Works program, Building Careers in Heritage.

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