QIY (Queer-It-Yourself) Expo and Faire
Curated by Rudy Lemcke
Opening Reception and Faire: June, 2016
Creative Labor: Queer-It-Yourself (QIY) Expo and Faire 2016 looked at material and immaterial labor that manifests itself in the work of Queer Bay Area Art and Artisan Culture. The exhibition focused 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.
The QIY (Queer-It-Yourself) Expo exhibition was 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 featured queer arts and crafts, zines, artisan products, and inventive creations of all type. QIY workshops and hands-on demos were featured during the Faire. The Faire was free and open to the public.