Studio (ob)Sessions

Mon Jul 26 – Mon Aug 10

In the connective void that has been this pandemic pause, QAF takes you on a few house calls. We visit with several festival artists in their creation spaces, a digital dialogue to allow a connection from the artist in their corner of space to you and where you call your place.

Studio (ob)Sessions have concluded, but recordings are available below. Click the artist’s names to watch their interviews!

Carrie Hawks – Jul 26, 7:30pm (ASL)

Carrie Hawks makes art to promote healing primarily focusing on queer and POC experiences via filmmaking, object-making, drawing, and performance. Their works have been exhibited at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Brooklyn Museum, CinemAfrica (Stockholm), Cape Town, and Tokyo. They harness the magic of animation to tell stories. Their film black enuf* won numerous awards and had its broadcast debut on American Public Television’s World Channel in 2019.

Falak Vasa – Jul 27, 7:30pm

Falak Vasa (they/she pronouns, b. 1995) is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and educator currently based in Kolkata. They graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018 and have attended artist residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and ACRE. Her practice is a decolonizing and queering of oppressive power structures through gesture and language, filtered through humour.

Lili Robinson – Jul 30, 7:30pm (ASL)

Lili Robinson (she/they) is a playwright, poet, actor and community organizer based on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Lili is passionate about centering voices at the intersections of queerness, Black diaspora, socio-economic diversity and femme identity in their work.

Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa & Evan Ducharme – Aug 1, 7:30pm (ASL)

Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa is recognized among Canada’s foremost contemporary music pianists. Selected to close the ISCM World New Music Days 2017 in Vancouver, Rachel has performed in the Netherlands, Germany, US and across Canada.

Evan Ducharme is a multidisciplinary Metis artist with ancestral ties to the Cree, Ojibwe, and Saulteaux peoples, and was raised in the historic Metis community of St. Ambroise, Manitoba (Treaty 1 Territory). His eponymous clothing label examines Metis history and cultural iconography in dialogue with Indigenous perspectives on gender, queerness, and environmental responsibility.

Eva Wong & Naoko Fukumaru – Aug 3, 7:30pm

Eva is a transgender developer, writer, and artist who often helps out in the online questioning community. She combines concepts from a variety of disciplines in her works, including literature, mathematics, music, technology and more. She’s heavily interested in Japanese tradition and subculture, which often heavily inspire her various projects.

Naoko Fukumaru is a Kyoto-born, Vancouver-based kintsugi artist and a professional ceramic and glass conservator. She worked at the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Her present work aims to take these skills beyond invisible perfection, to make the imperfect beautifully visible. She applies her experience of Western and European invisible restoration towards the more artistically creative methods of traditional Japanese Kintsugi.

Alvin Erasga Tolentino – Aug 5, 6pm

Alvin Erasga Tolentino is one of the most active Asian/Canadian dance artists, whose work continues to provoke, fascinate and bring a fresh voice to the national and international dance scene.

Zachery Longboy – Aug 9, 7pm

Zachery Longboy is a multidisciplinary artist born in Churchill, Manitoba, of Sayisi Dene lineage. His work has been shown at the National Gallery of Canada; the Glenbow Museum; the Edmonton Art Gallery; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Duane Isaac – Aug 10, 7:30pm

Duane Isaac is a First Nation Mi’gmaq from Listuguj, QC. He is a contemporary artist who uses the photography medium in combination with his mask making. His work has been featured in multiple online publications, most recently Canadian Art Magazine. He currently resides in Listuguj, QC.