What the Plus + Art Exhibition and Festival
curator Giovanni
Spezzacatena (RABIDEYE.COM)
  • We are in the planning stages for our second What the Plus (+) Art Exhibition and Festival which is set to take place in Powell River BC in summer 2021, and will feature two talks, a zine and an art exhibition. You can apply to be a part of the exhibition until April 15, 2021 (free)- tap here. If you missed the deadline, drop us a line, there may be room; also zine submissions always welcome: whattheplusart@gmail.com.
  • Our festival’s first iteration happened in 2020: it featured the work of 17 local LGBTQ2S+ artists using a mixture of media from jewelry, to photography, to sculpture, abstract and figurative painting, drawings, audio and video work, collages, assemblages, and textile art that revolved around the loose theme of ‘gradient’ – tap here to view details and artist galleries from our 2020 show. Our 2020 show also featured local writer and visual artist andrea bennet who hosted TheyDay, a Zoom talk on queer pronouns and more: tap here to listen to a short excerpt.
  • Educators are very welcome to incorporate this show into an appropriate curriculum (email Giovanni whattheplusart@gmail.com)

Origins of the concept:

“ [The] deadlock of classification is clearly discernible in the need to expand the formula: the basic LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) becomes […] LGBTQQIAAP (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Allies, Pansexual). To resolve the problem, one often simply adds a + which serves to include all other communities associated with the LGBT community, as in LGBT+. This, however, raises the question: is + just a stand-in for missing positions like “and others,” or can one be directly a +? The properly dialectical answer is “yes,” because in a series there is always one exceptional element which clearly does not belong to it and thereby gives body to +.”

SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK THE SEXUAL IS POLITICAL http://thephilosophicalsalon.com/the-sexual-is-political/

We thank and acknowledge The Tla’amin Nation for hosting us on their traditional lands.