Bent On Art Returns to Kootenays as a Virtual Festival
Sorely missed in 2020, Bent On Art: Kootenay Queer & Trans Art Festival returns for 2021 in an online format. Join us virtually for a series of events designed to promote the work of LGBTQ+ artists in the Kootenays (and across British Columbia) while creating educational opportunities, fostering community connection & promoting resilience through the arts. The festival was founded by Samonte Cruz in 2018 & is now delivered in partnership with Samonte Cruz Studios and the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council.
This year’s theme focuses on Queer & Trans Resilience – and over the month of March we will be engaging local artists in a daily art challenge, culminating in an online exhibition and Q&A session on March 28. We will also be offering a Queer & Trans Life Drawing Workshop, as facilitated by Nadia Moss. Our virtual festivities will also include a string of streamed performances on March 27 from some of our favourite BC-based performers, finishing with a “Meet & Greet” Q&A session. Selected artists are:
Press inquiries for more information or interview requests with the festival’s director and curator, Samonte Cruz, can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE ABOUT OUR 2021 THEME: QUEER & TRANS RESILIENCE
Last year brought with it many unforeseen challenges & hardships. The world was confronted with a deadly global pandemic; while the murder of George Floyd ignited the Black Lives Matter movement to take action in order to end police violence against Black, Indigenous & People of Colour. In discussing plans for Bent On Art, curators Maggie Shirley & Samonte Cruz, were struck by how 2020 events were reflected in queer & trans history, as well as more contemporary experiences. This festival is presented as a collective interpretation of how to seek out resilience in the face of such adversity by way of artistic expression, while supporting creative development and enhancing community relations.
Bent On Art is organized on the traditional and unceded territories of the Sinixt, who are not extinct. We also acknowledge that there are overlapping land claims of the Ktunaxa, Secwepemc and Syilx Nations through the colonial land claims process. We respect this land and graciously defer to the knowledge and wisdom of the indigenous elders of this territory.