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LGBTQ+ Censorship in Art

In this forum, activists and educators reflect on LGBTQ+ activism through art and ask what role art plays in the future of LGBTQ+ expression.

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Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) focuses on the censorship of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photography in the 1980’s, but artistic and political censorship continue to be present in LGBTQ+ communities in both Canada and internationally today.

On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which marked the beginning of the LGBTQ movement, we look at how far society has come today. We’ll hear from activists and educators with lived experiences across the world and reflect on how LGBTQ activism has influenced art in recent history and determine the role art plays in the future of queer expression.    

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Prior to this forum will be a screening of Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, a documentary film about Robert Mapplethorpe’s life and photography as part of Luminato's Illuminating Ideas series. 
 
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LGBTQ+ Censorship in Art

In this forum, activists and educators reflect on LGBTQ+ activism through art and ask what role art plays in the future of LGBTQ+ expression.

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Performance: Friday, June 21, 2019
8:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
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Moderator - Andrea Houston
Moderator Andrea Houston
Moderator - Andrea Houston
Moderator
Andrea Houston

Andrea has spent her career working at the intersection of journalism, activism, and politics. She’s been a staff reporter at various publications, including the Toronto Star, the Peterborough Examiner, Xtra, Canada’s gay and lesbian news, and served as managing editor of Torontoist. She developed and teaches the first-ever Queer Media course at Ryerson University School of Journalism. She’s also worked at Queen’s Park as executive assistant for MPP, and LGBTQ critic, Cheri DiNovo, helping to craft and pass legislation to make the province a safer and more accepting place for LGBTQ youth, sex workers, and trans people. Andrea is a full-time member of the team at Rainbow Railroad, an international human rights organization helping LGBTQI people facing violence and persecution around the world travel to safe countries to have a chance at freedom.

 

Panelist - Brad Fraser
Panelist Brad Fraser
Panelist
Brad Fraser

Brad Fraser is an award winning writer/director/host who has worked extensively in various media. Credits include plays; Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, Poor Super Man, True Love Lies, Kill Me Now, and others produced worldwide,  film; Love and Human Remains, writer and Leaving Metropolis, writer director, and television;  Queer as Folk, writer, story editor and associate producer and Jawbreaker which he hosted for two seasons on Out TV. He has written a number of projects for radio, CBC and BBC, as well as regular columns and stories for Xtra, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and others. He has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards and has just finished his Masters’ degree in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto.  Brad’s most recent play Kill Me Now was nominated for a Governor General’s Award in 2016.
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Panelist - Elspeth Brown
Panelist Elspeth Brown
Panelist - Elspeth Brown
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Elspeth Brown

Elspeth Brown a historian of race, sex, photography, and the history of capitalism and Professor of History at the University of Toronto. Brown is author of the newly published Work! A Queer History of Modeling from Duke University Press in 2019 and the award-winning The Corporate Eye: Photography and the Rationalization of American Commercial Culture, as well as co-editor of Feeling Photography (Duke University Press, 2014, with Thy Phu). Brown is an active volunteer and Vice President of the Board at The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives.


 
Panelist - Tawiah Ben M’Carthy
Panelist Tawiah Ben M’Carthy
Panelist - Tawiah Ben M’Carthy
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Tawiah Ben M’Carthy

Tawiah M'Carthy is a Ghanaian born, Toronto based theatre artist, notable as a Dora nominated actor and playwright. In his practice, Tawiah uses both African and Western theatre traditions, often combining movement, sound and text together with theatrical structure, characterization and design. In his action as an artist, Tawiah strives to create intercultural works that contributes new narratives to the stage, works that reflects the truths of society as it was, is and could be. His playwright/creator/performer credits include Black Boys, Maanoma, My Brother, Obaaberima and The Kente Cloth. Tawiah has experience working with various theatre organization across the country, including Canadian Stage, Factory Theatre, Shaw Theatre, National Arts Center, Obsidian Theatre. Tawiah works as an Actor, Playwright, Director, Collective Creator and Facilitator.