"I think that’s the most radical part of queer brown love: supporting each other when so many others don’t or can’t.
Sometimes it feels like we’re all we have, but I’m working hard to find a nice balance between building myself and being supported.
Love takes mad work and I don’t think being gay and brown makes it any easier.”
Get to know eljotitodeperris better in a new feature on heart-beats.ca
Interview and photos by Karen Campos Castillo
“I call myself the beauty from the bush, because those are my roots. Rez Girl for life.”
Kiley May in her own words at Heart-beats.ca
photos by vivekshraya
"I know that we LGBTQ2S folks are not new, we are ancient, we’ve been around as long as humans have existed, but I liked the idea that we are highly developed and we leap humanity forward."
More with the amazing Kiley May on Heart-beats.ca
Photos by vivekshraya
EDMONTON! There’s still time to check out #flawlessyeg at the Drawing Room until September 5. At least take a selifie in front of those hearts because kewwwwt.
10253 97th Street, 12-5 PM
(pics from opening night)
Sneak peek of my show in Edmonton this Friday. You can check out the Facebook event for more details
here’s an excerpt from my interview with Chelsea at the Drawing Room pre Michael Brown:
CB: You self-identify as a fat woman of colour. How has embracing your identity influenced your approach to your art and this project in particular?KCC: Heartbeats wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t admit to myself that I am fat, if I didn’t start saying those words aloud and start seeing the word as a descriptor, rather than an insult. In doing so, I was able to look at things more critically and notice the lack of representation of people that look like me in popular culture and even online, where one imagines you can find everything for everyone. It wouldn’t feel honest to not make myself a focus when the goal is self love.
CB: Do you see your approach to photography and fashion as subversive? empowering? inspiring?KCC:The message that we get is that bodies of colour have little to no value. You get a sense of this from Gaza, to Trayvon Martin or Eric Garner in the US, and all the missing First Nations women in Canada. Our endurance may make our existence subversive because we live in a world actively erasing us or ignoring us. I just want to take the privilege and power I have to project our faces and our stories in the hopes of making my teenage self proud.
full interview here
This crop top caused L@@KS which was enjoyable and annoying at the same time. Can’t say no to Garfield eating a sandwich and why should I? More pics and thoughts about the experience here.
Vivek brought me back clothes from India and then took such big close ups that made me so uncomfortable which made me question why why why. It’s all part of this exercise of acceptance. Full entry at heart-beats.ca
For the tumblr crowd: Vivek went to India and brought back pretty clothes.
"For most of my twenties, I stopped wearing colour as a safety measure, a way to blend in, to adhere to a stupid, misogynist idea of masculinity."
More on Heart-beats.ca
And watch his film about his mom on vimeo.