Screening Series: Imagining BIPOC Futurisms
Online Screening and Workshops Presented in Partnership with SACHA (Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton and Area)
Screening: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm to Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Writing Workshop: September 23, 2020 7:00-9:00 pm
Watercolour Workshop: September 30, 2020 7:00-9:00 pm
Imagining BIPOC Futurisms features short-format experimental films by Thirza Cuthand, Rah, Danielle Peers and Alice Sheppard. All three films will be available for flexible online viewing for 72 hours, starting at 7:00 pm on September 23 until 7:00 pm on September 26. The link to watch the films will be released at the start of the event. Watch the films in your own time. In partnership with SACHA, Imagining BIPOC Futurisms shorts program is hosted as part of Hamilton Artists Inc.’s ongoing Screening Series, presented every summer between June and September.
SACHA is a feminist, non-profit, community-based organization that provides supports to people who have experienced sexualized violence at any point in their lives. They work to end violence and oppression through education, advocacy, outreach, coalition building, community partnerships, and activism.
Program screening time: 37:41 minutes
All films include Closed captioning.
Director: Thirza Cuthand
Director: Danielle Peers, Alice Sheppard
About the Films:
Thirza Cuthand, 2018, 11:00 minutes
Reclamation is a documentary-style imagining of a post-dystopic future in Canada after massive climate change, wars, pollution, and the after effects of the large scale colonial project which has now destroyed the land. When Indigenous people are left behind after a massive exodus by primarily privileged white settlers who have moved to Mars, the original inhabitants of this land cope by trying to restore and rehabilitate the beautiful planet they belong to.
Thirza Jean Cuthand was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995 they have been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, youth, love, and race, which have screened in festivals internationally.
Rah, 2019, 19:08 minutes
SuperNova is a game show parody that mimics the tropes of American Idol reality tv shows and consists of seven characters in which Rah performs. The characters perform in the galaxy Messier 82 and present their talent in front of a panel of judges; Sirius, Mira and Bellatrix. The talent show sets an ideal stage to critically examine race and ethnic performance. SuperNova is the first video in which all these characters simultaneously engage and coexist. SuperNova also serves as an entry into ethnifuturist discourse, scholarship and aesthetics and re-contextualizes historical markers of identity and presents them in the future to be deconstructed, re-evaluated and reconfigured.
Rah is an Iranian-Canadian video, photo and performance artist. Her work has been published and exhibited in galleries and museums internationally.
Danielle Peers and Alice Sheppard, 2019, 05:40 minutes
Inclinations began as a moment of ‘crip’ play. Alice Sheppard and Danielle Peers finding themselves on a 90-foot ramp on “social street”: the main entrance of the Kinesiology building at the University of Alberta. After a lifetime of climbing awkward, ugly ramps hidden away behind buildings with barely enough room for one chair user, this wide-open slope-scape sent us both literally somersaulting over the rails in our wheelchairs for nearly an hour.
Danielle Peers is a community organizer, an artist, and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta. They have made seven activist-oriented films, co-curated three art shows, and co-founded two arts collectives (KingCrip Productions and CRIPSiE).
Alice Sheppard is an emerging, award-winning choreographer, who creates movement that challenges conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. Engaging with disability arts, culture and history, Alice attends to the complex intersections of disability, gender, and race by exploring the societal and cultural significance of difference.
Join us for a two-part, online workshop series, which will accompany the screening program. Participants must be located in the Hamilton area in order to receive a personal art kit as part of the workshops. We are prioritizing the participation of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. The workshops are free to attend, but spots are limited! To register, please email Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Jasmine Mander, at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 18, 2020. You must be available to attend both workshop sessions on September 23 and 30.
Workshop 1, taking place on September 23 from 7:00- 9:00 pm will provide an opportunity to watch the screening program and unpack the topics of BIPOC futurisms explored through the short films in a safe space setting.
Workshop 2, taking place on September 30 from 7:00-9:00 pm will build on the previous workshop and provide an opportunity to imagine BIPOC futurisms through art making. All participants will receive a personalized art kit for this workshop which will be used to draw, paint and write while participating in further conversations.
These workshops will be lead by Danielle Boissoneau, Coordinator – Diverse Communities Outreach Program, SACHA.
Danielle Boissoneau is Anishnaabekwe from the shorelines of the Great Lakes. Currently living in Hamilton, Ontario, she uses her skills and tools to create intentional space for healing and community building amongst BIPOC communities, prioritizing the experiences of queer, trans and 2spirit peoples, who survive the violence of racism, colonialism and sexual violence. Danielle is also a multi disciplinary artist who writes and performs her stories as a method for reclaiming her power.
About Diverse Communities Outreach Program
The Diverse Communities Outreach Program offers supportive programming for survivors of sexual violence from Hamilton’s diverse racial and cultural communities, in particular women who are Black, Indigenous, Queer, Trans, People of Colour.
“We have an intersectional feminist analysis. We believe that to end sexual violence, we must end all forms of oppression.”
“Sexual violence is an expression of social inequality. Sexual assault takes place within a social, political, cultural and economic context of historical disadvantage and oppression. We know that those from marginalized communities such as Indigenous folks, people living with disabilities, people of colour, immigrant and refugees, LGBQT2S folks, and other marginalized groups are at an increased risk of experiencing sexual violence. Because of this, our services need to be accessible to everyone, especially the most marginalized.”
The Inc.’s Screening Series is made possible through project support by the Canada Council for the Arts, Incite Foundation and Hamilton Community Foundation. Hamilton Artists Inc. would like to thank Vtape for sponsoring this collection of short films to share with audiences in Hamilton and the surrounding area.