Kingston continues to offer a plethora of artistic avenues for the community to enjoy. Here are some upcoming arts events to explore during the week.
Conversations about Colonial European Art at the Agnes
Cécile Fromont, professor of history of art from Yale University, will host an in-person lecture at the Isabel Bader Centre on Nov. 15 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
The event is described as a look into early modern central Africa, rendered in full-page Italian Capuchin Franciscan paintings from 1650 and 1750. Veterans of the Congo and Angola missions created the paintings to train future missionaries and depict the natural, social, and religious characteristics of Africa during the 18th century.
The event description said the paintings depict the tenuous interactions between Christian friars and the people of Congo and Angola.
Labelled as a colonial project, Fromont will analyze the cross-cultural interactions depicted in the Italian paintings.
“With this intervention, I aim to model a way to think anew about images created across cultures, bringing to the fore the formative role that encounter itself played in their conception, execution,
and modes of operation,” Fromont said in a statement on the Agnes website.
Modern Fuel releases its next issue
Modern Fuel will launch its eighth issue of arts & culture magazine Syphon, called Tenderness, on Nov. 16 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Tett Centre.
The publication connects the arts community with Kingston and responds to the need for more critical arts commentary in local publications.
Their mandate is to feature local artists alongside national and international projects with an emphasis on art scenes and activities seen as peripheral.
This issue will celebrate relationships and the tenderness in our bodies and the world.
One artist included in the issue is Nic Wilson, who graduated with a BFA at Mount Allison University and studies time, queer lineage, and the relation between artistic practice and literature.
Another artist featured is Alessandra Pozzuoli, the assistant coordinator of Public Art for the City of Markham. Pozzuoli focuses on interdisciplinary art and art education.
Evangeline Gentle at the Grad Club
Gentle, a Peterborough native, will tour across Ontario to share her music through live performance. Where the Diamonds Are features ten songs about joy, resilience, shame, ancestral trauma-healing, grief, love and queerness.
“From the writing process to the recording process, the experience of making Where the
Diamonds Are has been an empowering one,” Killbeats Music said about the album on their website.
Queer culture is celebrated in the tracks “Bad Girls” and “Gay Bar,” in which the lyrics depict
a utopian gay bar. Gentle’s feminist beliefs are depicted in “Underdog,” with lyrics that encourage women to empower themselves.
“[The album is] set to empower relating listeners with lyrics [from “Underdog”] such as “calling me a crazy bitch won’t silence and degrade me, I speak my mind especially when men underestimate me,” Killbeats Music said about the album.
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