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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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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.
Sook-Yin Lee is a filmmaker, musician, actor, interdisciplinary artist, radio & TV broadcaster. The former MuchMusic VJ was host/producer of the personal storytelling program DNTO on CBC Radio One and host/creator of the podcast, Sleepover. Lee starred in John Cameron Mitchell’s groundbreaking LGBTQ movie Shortbus which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Year of the Carnivore, her feature film writer-director debut premiered at TIFF. Lee's live performance work includes Unsafe produced by Canadian Stage, How Can I Forget?, On Display and Sphere of Banished Suffering. She won the 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by a Lead Dramatic Actress for her role as “Olivia Chow” in Jack. Her movie, Octavio is Dead! starring Sarah Gadon and Rosanna Arquette won Best Director and Best Picture Awards at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival 2018. She plays in the band Jooj.
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.
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.