The Project

Context

Témoigner pour Agir is an art exhibit that will present the testimonial cultures of sexual and gender communities at the Maison de la culture Frontenac in Montreal, from November 29th, 2017, to January 21st, 2018. With this exhibition, there is the opportunity to discover the stories of people self-identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, trans, intersex, and of persons living with HIV or that have sex work experience.

As a result of partnerships between communities and the academic milieu, Témoigner pour Agir has developped an ethical discourse that highlights the aesthetic, historical and political issues, and challenges, that arise when testimonials about sexuality, body and gender expression, sex work and HIV-positive status are delivered publicly.

The artworks, from both professional artists and community art projects, present narratives that are intimate and contemporary, which reflect a collective struggle and a call for solidarity.

The community partners of the exhibition are:

Exhibition Objectives

Témoigner pour Agir aims to bring about a dialogue, in a public space, that promotes empowerment, meaningful participation and social justice for sexual and gender communities. This exhibition is also a unique opportunity to activate such a dialogue in a public and multidisciplinary gallery, whose primary mission is the accessibility to culture for all.

The project objectives are to:

  1. Sensitize publics by making known the plurality of sexual and gender communities' experiences and stories (individual and collective);
  2. Bring together scientific, artistic and community expertise and knowledge, as well as common perceptions acquired by the public; ;
  3. Create an ethical discourse highlighting the aesthetic, historical and political issues, and challenges, generated from artistic testimonial about sex, gender, work, the body, and HIV-status;
  4. Support the social integration of sexual and gender communities by contributing to the establishment of an environment which is conducive to personal disclosure as well as to improving their overall quality of life.

Message

"Through the strength of testimonials, our experiences, our expertise, our differences, our voices change the world."

Themes

  • testimonial
  • sexualities
  • activism
  • media

Sub-themes

  • undo prejudices
  • share realities
  • claim rights

Audiences

This project targets diverse audiences: researchers, practitioners et social workers, community groups members, artists, students, those identifying themselves as belonging to a sexual or gender community, and the general public including the regular visitors of the Maison de la culture Frontenac and the Bibliothèque Frontenac.

For a genuinely collective participation at conferences and activities, translation services in English-French and interpretation services in Quebec Sign Language (LSQ) will be available.