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Imaging Home: Resistance, Migration, Contradiction

Imaging Home: Resistance, Migration, Contradiction

Documentary, video and photographic work that explores the experiences of LGBTQ individuals living in oppressive regions around the globe.

Works from Uganda, Kenya, Guyana, the Caribbean, India and Toronto are pieced together to tell a captivating story of the different challenges faced by both Canadian immigrants and individuals living abroad.

Additionally, viewers are able to participate in the exhibition by adding their own photos to the collection as part of a growing “global family photo album.” Imaging Home: Resistance, Migration, Contradiction is a joint project of the CLGA and the international project, Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights (www.envisioninglgbt.blogspot.com).

In Attendance:
Guest speakers:
· Ulelli Verbeke, Photographer, Guyana
· Namela Baynes-Henry, Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), Guyana
· Richard Lusimbo, Research and Document Manager at Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG)
· Brayo Bryans, Singer/performer and Executive Director, Icebreakers Uganda.

Exhibition Highlights:
· Guyanese photographer, Ulelli Vrebeke, offers lyrical photo/text images of migrants from Guyana and the Caribbean to Toronto whose sense of home shifts and unfolds in complex and unexpected ways.
· Video portraits of LGBTQ+ activists in Uganda, Kenya, Guyana, and India speak directly to what it means to stay home despite increasing danger. Included (and in attendance) is one activist from Uganda who faced the safety of his life after being outed by the Ugandan tabloid, Red Pepper.
· Archival documentary videos by Anton Wagner and Edimburgo Cabrera trace the tenuous lives of Latino and black drag queens in Toronto in the 1980s and 1990s.
· Extracts from videos of ‘home’ brought to Toronto by members of the queer diaspora are woven together as visual testaments to the possibilities of home, here, and away.
· The Digital Diaspora Family Reunion, by filmmaker, Thomas Allen Harris, invites viewers to help build a global family photo album by publically sharing their own family photos as part of this exhibition.

Website: www.clga.ca

• All ages welcome
• Free to attend event
• Accessible space

Event Date: June 24, 2020
Event Start Time: 5:00 PM
Event Location: Canadian Gay + Lesbian Archives 34 Isabella Street, Toronto

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