To mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), Art Gen has highlighted three projects that celebrate the LGBTIQA+ community and promote culturally safe experiences. Each project attempts to break down barriers and create spaces where LGBTIQA+ people can exist safely as themselves.
Click on the links below to learn more about the projects.
Transomatics by Sumarlinah Winoto
Transomatics is a series of exercises developed by dancer and artist Sumarlinah Winoto. Transomatics is an alternative offering through creating an all-trans space for people in the community to explore what it means to sink deeper into their bodies. Find out more here.
Out in Public by Emil Cañita
You are invited to listen in, read, and explore different sites of Queer cultural significance across Naarm. ‘Out in Public’ is an online exhibition and walk featuring the stories of six Queer Blak, Global Indigenous and People of Colour, which explore their relationship with Naarm’s local cruising spots, also known as “beats.”
The aim of this project is to capture the ephemeral; to learn from one another; to celebrate the resilience of our Queer culture, and to make space for oral histories that are seldom heard. Find out more.
SHELF with Đất Nước Library
Arts Gen has been working with Đất Nước Library through a collective-curatorship model to support multilingual approaches to community health. By creating sites (both physically and virtually) outside of the home, the wide circulation of stories is encouraged.
SHELF is a site for intergenerational and intercultural expression and learning through conversation, knowledge-sharing, and art-making for community by community. Find out more here.
Đất Nước Library recommends from their catalogue for IDAHOBIT:
Arts Gen is supported by cohealth and is located at Footscray Community Arts Centre. It is a space for learning, sharing, and making art that supports the creative potential of communities in Melbourne’s north and west. Find out more here https://artsgen.org/.