Generations of Queer is an exhibition centred on storytelling, creating a dialogue between the works of two senior artists and two younger artists who have come into queer discourses as beneficiaries of the activism of their predecessors.
Robert Flack (1957-1993) was born in Guelph, ON, and moved to Toronto to study at York University (BFA 1980). He began employment at Art Metropole in 1980 and assisted on General Idea projects. From 1981 his work was shown nationally and then internationally. Public collections include the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. Paul Petro Contemporary Art represents the Estate of Robert Flack. www.paulpetro.com
John Greyson is a Toronto based film and video maker who has been politically active in the Toronto queer community for the past 33 years. With short videos and feature films he explores topics ranging from anti-censorship battles, AIDS discrimination, same sex marriage, militarism, the tar sands, Israeli apartheid and the fight for AIDS treatment drugs in Africa and the world. He is recognized for his documentary interviews, historical narratives, opera, found footage and camp. His work reflects many of the legal and politically struggles for queers in the 1980s as well as world politics with a strong queer voice.
Elisha Lim exhibits illustrations and animated shorts internationally, and has advocated against transphobia and racism on United Nations panels and as the director of Montreal’s first Racialized Pride Week. Their comic strips Favourite Dating Tales, Sissy, The Illustrated Gentleman and 100 Butches are acclaimed by Autostraddle, Bitch Magazine and New York Times bestselling author Alison Bechdel, and their debut graphic novel 100 Crushes will be published in June 2014 by Koyama Press and launched at Onsite [at] OCAD U. www.elishalim.com
Kiley May is a young Mohawk storyteller, artist, creator and shaman. Kiley is also a two-spirit, trans, queer and genderqueer human being. Their gender pronouns are they/their/them. They work in film, photography, writing, journalism, fashion, dance and performance art.
Lisa Deanne Smith is engaged in a cultural practice that moves between mediums — art, curating, writing and community events — exploring issues of voice, experience and power. She has exhibited internationally including White Columns, The New Museum and Mercer Union. Currently, she is Acting Curator at Onsite [at] OCAD University. Recent curatorial projects include Biological Urbanism: Terreform ONE; No Dull Affairs: Karen Lofgren, Vanessa Maltese and Jillian McDonald; and I Wonder: Marian Bantjes.