CARA TIERNEY, MFA '12, Curator/Artist, TRANSACTIONS, CUAG
12 September 2016 – 12 February 2017
Celebrating queer experiences that emerge from transactional creative exchanges, the artists in TRANSACTIONS define, refine, redefine, exult themselves today for the (a)genders of tomorrow, linking communities and challenging ideas of authenticity, allyship, belonging and being.
Elisha Lim’s illustrations reveal a pronounced sense of identity culled through personal moments of shared experience while Kama La Mackerel irreverently challenges public space in an exuberant and affirmative performance. Oli Rodriguez takes to the internet to connect with a lost parent’s lovers and Coco Guzman and Elisha Lim’s Los Sentidos offers a video portrait of love in the digital age. Morgan Sea’s photo journal of a return home capitalizes on the Internet’s photographic mutability, and her humorous zines deliver an intimate experience at the hands of her playful drawings and text. Ottawa residents will recognize the increasingly familiar painting style of Kalkidan Assefa as the show unfolds in the visual embrace of this unswerving ally.