May 21 – August 14, 2022 2022-05-21 00:00:00 2022-08-14 00:00:00 15 QUEERING CARE Banana Factory Hallway true MM/DD/YYYY
Venue: Banana Factory Hallway

What does care look like within the queer community? What does it mean to care for someone, something, or yourself?

QUEERING CARE invites artists to explore how queer communities have, and continue to, expand, reframe, and redefine what it means to care for one another – as a form of affection, strategy for survival, and beyond. In the face of anti-LGBTQ oppression, collective care is a tool for protection and sustenance as government and institutions neglect queer communities. From the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s to the 1990s, to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, LGBTQ people are impacted disproportionately by catastrophes, with those holding multiple marginalized identities including race, gender, class, and ability facing exacerbated effects by unjust systems. Under these contexts, care within the community is a radical act of solidarity and a strategy for survival and resistance against oppression. By “queering” ideas of care and community, we interrogate our individual roles in our circles, how we approach our relationships with one another, and confront the failures of institutions to effectively care for their people. How do you care within your community, and how has the community cared for you?

QUEERING CARE is guest curated and juried by artist and arts educator Rei Ukon (he/him/his, they/them/theirs)

"My name is Rei Ukon and I am a queer and trans-Japanese collage artist with a fascination for the hidden, spiritual world. My works reflect a journey of understanding the relationships that make up our lives and towards inner peace. Specifically, collage has been a healing medium. The act of taking an existing material to create from imagination mirrors the experience of holding queerness and transness together in forging identity. Each tear in a piece of paper represents a process of letting go and embracing imperfections while awaiting the unique surprises each tear can offer. My personal experience with art-making inspires me to share its transformative nature with others. Through workshops and classes, I aim to cultivate safe spaces for creation. Currently, I am a Teaching Artist at the Banana Factory, Lehigh University Art Galleries, and the Art Establishment."

Venue Information
Banana Factory Hallway
Banana Factory
25 W Third Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
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