15, 16, 17, 18, 19 June 2022

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

On the unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik people

It’s Time to Rethink Everything by Pride/Swell

  • Installation
  • Community Project

Pride/Swell is a University Research Fund (UNB) and SSHRC Connections Grant-funded social distance art & activism project with 2SLGBTQ+ youth from across Atlantic Canada. The project was launched in July 2020 and will continue until July 2021. For one year, 50 2SLGBTQ+ youth from across Atlantic Canada receivde a package in the mail that contained 1) art supplies; and 2) a prompt. In November 2021, several members of Pride/Swell met up in Fredericton to co-curate an exhibition of our collected works. The exhibition, “It’s Time to Rethink Everything”: A Pride/Swell Exhibition, made visible moments in time throughout the Pandemic: public support of Black Lives Matter, the attempts to save Clinic 554, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and medical racism through the example of Joyce Echaquan.

The DIY art makes visible disability, queer rurality, the corporatization of Pride, the effect of COVID-19 on families and communities, the lack of access to mental health services, and finding community in a world on fire. Through art making and collaborative approaches to archiving (on social media and later in physical spaces), they seek to share their experiences creating queer-focused community around art, identities, and space during Covid-19.

This installation will be on display at our installation space in Kings Place at the following times:

Friday June 17 11am-5pm

Saturday June 18 11am-5pm