Creative Labor: Queer Visual Artists Working Group

Creative Labor: Queer Visual Artists Working Group, is an organization of Feminist, Queer, Trans and People of Color artists and thinkers. We are committed to social and cultural equity and organize to promote social justice. We advance our goals through the creation and dissemination of Queer Visual Arts and Visual Culture.

QIY (Queer-It-Yourself) Expo and Faire

Opening Reception and Faire: June 5, 1–4:30pm

Exhibition Runs: June 5 – 24
SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA
Gallery Hours: Tues – Fri 12 – 7pm; Sat 11 – 5pm; Sun 11-3pm

Creative Labor: Queer-It-Yourself (QIY) Expo and Faire looks at material and immaterial labor that manifests itself in the work of Queer Bay Area Art and Artisan Culture. The exhibition focuses on the use traditional craft techniques in non-traditional ways, new media work that uses code and image processing to weave narrative and experimental structures across platforms, and the idea of the Craft, Maker, and Pop-Up Market places as alternative models for economic and aesthetic transactions.


Cardim, Lorenzo
There is no glitter here
Performance and Installation
Mixed Media

The QIY (Queer-It-Yourself) Expo exhibition is envisioned as a laboratory and experimental network for creating a sustainable queer culture and demonstrating the power of self and community organizing, re-creation, speculation, and transformation. Queer-It-Yourself culture invites artists to forge their own tools, visions and systems of exchange for confronting the everyday challenges of contemporary queer existence and to invent and re-imagine alternative modes of aesthetic and economic sustainability.


The QIY Faire (June 5th from 1 to 4:30pm) will feature queer arts and crafts, zines, artisan products, and inventive creations of all type. QIY workshops and hands-on demos will be featured during the Faire. The Faire is free and open to the public.


10 minute sketches by Dhada Roxana


The QIY Performance Stage (June 5th throughout the day) will feature 4 live performances popping up in the gallery during the opening reception.


DJ ChakaQuan

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Elle Oh Elle McFiersen | Social:
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