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Drama Queer: Seducing Social Change – Exhibition in Vancouver Curated by Professor Jonathan Katz and PhD Student Conor Moynihan

June 20, 2016  by: Natalie Fleming

7 Devils Dead by Attila Richard Lukacs is one of more than 80 works in Drama Queer in the Queer Arts Festival at The Roundhouse Community Centre.

7 Devils Dead by Attila Richard Lukacs is one of more than 80 works in Drama Queer in the Queer Arts Festival at The Roundhouse Community Centre.

Drama Queer: seducing social change, an exhibition curated by Professor Jonathan D. Katz and PhD student Conor Moynihan will be a feature of Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival. This exhibition explores the role of emotion in contemporary queer art as a form of political practice. As a mechanism to coalesce feelings and direct them with activist intent, emotion is increasingly central to much contemporary work. This exhibition places the queer use of emotion into a historical frame, arguing that the solicitation of an emotional response has been of central import at least since the 1960s, as underscored by critics from Frank O’Hara to Jill Johnston to Gene Swenson.

Drama Queer solicits a range of contemporary work towards understanding how feelings function in our political present, and the different facets of art and emotion — political emotion, erotic emotion etc. Centered around three never before exhibited monumental paintings by Attila Richard Lukacs, this exhibition will explore art that seeks to engender social change through making the viewer an accomplice, queering their perspective or seducing them into seeing the world from a dissident vantage point.

Visual artists: Del LaGrace Volcano, Angela Grossmann,Monica Majoli, Attila Richard Lukacs, Kent Monkman, Andreas Fuchs, Vika Kirchenbauer, Zanele Muholi, Zackary Drucker, Laura Aguilar, Cassils, Andrew Holmquist, Keijaun Thomas, Shan Kelley, Joey Terrill, Carl Pope, Vincent Tiley, Sean Fader, 2Fik, Laura Aguilar, Bill Jacobson, Rudy Lemcke, Jesse Finley Reed, George Steeves.

The exhibition will be on view Exhibition Hall of the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, in Vancouver, Canada from June 21st until June 29th.

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