Curated by Lindsay Nixon
Contemporary Indigenous artists are engaging with sexual and gender diversity caught in a liminal space between Eurocentric and Indigenous art methods. Queer and trans communities often feel limited in their language to describe Indigenous gender, which are a proverbial tapestry of genders as varied as Indigenous nations themselves. What does it mean for peoples with a cultural lineage of diverse gender and sexual expression to define their identities in settler dominated queer and trans spaces—including within queer art?
Indigenous community, and Indigenous art, can also at times stifle queer and trans identity by limiting artists’ ability to freely express gender and sexuality in their work. Contemporary Indigenous artists are creating work that questions whether a singular term like two-spirit can truly encompass the multiplicity of ways they embody gender and sexuality in community space. Contemporary Indigenous artists are attempting to carve out new identities by blending tradition and contemporary art practice to create futuristic visions of sex, spirit and love medicine.