CUAG Connects

Disruptions 3: Sky Cubacub and the QueerCrip Dress Reform Movement Manifesto (at Ottawa Art Gallery)

Tuesday, 2 April 2019, 7:00 p.m.

CUAG invites you to a talk by Sky Cubacub on “Radical Visibility: A QueerCrip Dress Reform Movement Manifesto.” This is the third event in CUAG’s “Disruptions: Dialogues on Disability Art” series, curated by Michael Orsini to generate dialogue about contemporary art as a force for challenging ableism.

The event takes place at the Ottawa Art Gallery (in the Alma Duncan Salon) from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 2 April. Admission is free and everyone is welcome! Light refreshments will be provided.

Sky Cubacub will discuss their manifesto with Kelly Fritsch, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University. Members of the Carleton community will model examples of Sky’s Rebirth Garments.

As Sky writes, “we maintain the notion of Radical Visibility, a movement based on claiming our bodies and, through the use of bright colors, exuberant fabrics, and innovative designs, highlighting the parts of us that society typically shuns. Through Radical Visibility, we refuse to assimilate and can create a Queer and Disabled dress reform movement.”

Sky Cubacub is a non-binary Filipinx human from Chicagoand creator of Rebirth Garments, a line of wearables for the full spectrum of gender, size, and ability. The line creates a community where all people can confidently express their individuality and identity. Our identity is that of Queer and Disabled, encompassing queer, trans, gender nonconforming identities, apparent and non-apparent disabilities/ disorders—physical, mental, developmental, intellectual etc. In particular, our trans and disabled communities have very particular clothing needs that are not adequately served by mainstream clothing designers. Instead of being centered on cisgender, heterosexual, white, thin people, Rebirth Garments is centered on Queer and Disabled people.

Kelly Fritsch is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University. Her research broadly mobilizes crip, queer, and feminist theory to engage disability, health, technology, risk, accessibility, and social justice. Fritsch is co-editor of Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle (2016, AK Press with Clare O’Connor and AK Thompson) and she is currently working on a book under contract with UBC Press’s Disability Culture and Politics Series. Fritsch was a 2015-2018 Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Women & Gender Studies Institute and Technoscience Research Unit, University of Toronto.

Michael Orsini is Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. He is co-editor (with Christine Kelly) of Mobilizing Metaphor: Art, Culture and Disability Activism in Canada (UBC Press, 2016). He is currently part of a SSHRC-funded Partnership Grant, Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology and Access to Life, which explores how activist art can be mobilized to promote social justice and an appreciation for diverse minds and bodies.

The Ottawa Art Gallery is a fully accessible space, with all-persons washrooms. ASL interpretation will be provided. Service animals are welcome. Please help us make this a scent-free environment.

Disability accommodations
Should you have any disability-related requirements, please contact Victoria by 22 March at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (613) 520-2600, ext. 2929.

Directions to Ottawa Art Gallery
Para Transpo drop-off entrance: 10 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6E2. The Daly entrance is between Waller and Nicholas on the south side. The gallery’s large glass double doors are recessed from the street. The building’s banners have hot pink.

50 Mackenzie King Bridge entrance: For those taking OC Transpo, get off at Mackenzie King Bridge, walk east towards Ottawa U. The gallery is on the same side of the street as the Rideau Centre mall, at the northwest corner of Mackenzie King and Waller. The gallery’s entrance is recessed from the street with an LED sign out front.

Drop-offs and pickups at the Daly entrance ONLY. Please notify us by email if you require a sighted guide to meet you. Indicate the entrance you prefer, the date and time of your arrival by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Parking at Ottawa Art Gallery
Street metered parking is available (check hourly limits) in the nearby Sandy Hill residential area.

Other paid parking options at Ottawa Art Gallery include:
Novotel parkade: Entrance at 3 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1N 9M7
Rideau Centre parkade: Entrance at 80 Nicholas Street or 5 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1N 9J7

This event is generously supported by Carleton University, the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Ottawa Art Gallery, The Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies, Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, School for Studies in Art and Culture, READ Initiative, Carleton Disability Awareness Centre, Graduate Students Association and the Carleton University Students Association.

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