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Don’t Believe the ’69 Hype! [screening + discussion]

2 Daly Avenue
Ottawa ON K1N 7B9


Tuesday, August 20

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Knot Project Space (2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa)

This conversation will be delivered in English.

This event is presented in partnership between Knot Project Space and Qu'ART: Ottawa Queer Arts Collective.

A/CA Post-Doctoral fellow Ryan Conrad is sharing new work in Ottawa! Join us for an artist talk and panel on the mythologies and realities of the 1969 Criminal Code reform and its impact on the lives of queers, sex workers, and those seeking abortions. The event will begin with a brief talk and screening from artist/activist Ryan Conrad whose commissioned video projection Don't Believe The Hype! will be on display in Ottawa’s gay village throughout Pride week as part of Knot Projections 2019: Imagining Publics, an extended public projection series involving five local artists. Ryan’s talk will be followed by context-setting commentary from Tom Hooper (Historian; Faculty Member @ York University), Ummni Khan (Associate Professor, Law and Legal Studies @ Carleton University) and Darrah Teitel (Playwright; Campaign Officer, Action Canada).

Read more about Conrad's commissioned video 'Don't Believe the Hype' here: https://www.sawvideo.com/knot/projection/dont-believe-hype

Ryan Conrad is artist, activist, and scholar based in Ottawa. He is currently a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in the Cinema & Media Studies Program at York University where he is working on a manuscript entitled 'Radical VIHsion: Canadian AIDS Film & Video.' Previously he held a postdoctoral fellowship at Carleton University with the AIDS Activist History Project. He earned a PhD from the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Society and Culture at Concordia University and an MFA in interdisciplinary studio arts from the Maine College of Art.

Conrad is the co-founder of Against Equality, a digital archive and publishing collective based in the United States and Canada. He is the editor of the collective’s anthology series that are compiled together in Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion (2014). He has also contributed single-authored and co-authored chapters to several anthologies including: Decolonizing Sexualities: Transnational Perspectives, Critical Interventions (2016), The Gay Agenda (2014), Queering Anarchism (2013), and After Homosexual (2013). His work as a visual, media, and performing artist has exhibited internationally in Europe, Asia, and North America.

Darrah Teitel is currently the campaigns officer for Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights. Previously, Darrah worked on Parliament Hill as a legislative assistant for the official opposition critics for the Status of Women and Indigenous Affairs. Later, she worked as the Director of Advocacy for the Canadian Artists Representation. Darrah is a lifelong socialist feminist and activist, a member of the International Socialist Organization, Independent Jewish Voices and a founding member of the Courage Coalition. Darrah is also a playwright, whose work has been produced across Canada and is coming theatre near you! Her most recent productions in Ottawa, Behaviour (GCTC) and The Omnibus Bill (Tactics) were both concerned with intersecting sexual rights.

Tom Hooper is a historian who researches the criminalization of LGBTQ2 communities in the decades following the 1969 criminal code reform. He also works as contract faculty in the Law and Society Program at York University.

Ummni Khan, S.J.D., is an Associate Professor in Legal Studies at Carleton University. Her scholarship addresses the legal and cultural construction of sexual deviancy in relation to gender, racialization, class, and disability along with other axes of difference and identity. Her current major research project addresses the criminalization of sex trade clients and the possibility of a constitutional challenge.

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Don’t Believe the ’69 Hype! [projection + discussion]

Mardi 20 août – 18h30

Espace projet Nœud

2 avenue Daly, Ottawa

Cette discussion sera en anglais.

Joignez-vous à nous lors d’une présentation d’artiste suivie d’une table ronde sur les mythes et réalités de la réforme du Code pénal de 1969 et son impact sur la vie des gais, des travailleuses du sexe et des femmes qui souhaitent se faire avorter. L'événement débutera par une brève conférence de l’artiste et activiste Ryan Conrad, dont la vidéo Don't Believe The Hype! sera présentée dans le village gai tout au long de la semaine de la Fierté. Cette projection a lieu dans le cadre de Projections Espace projet Nœud 2019 : publics imaginés, une série de projections publiques mettant en vedette cinq artistes de la région. La conférence de Ryan sera suivie d’une discussion entre Tom Hooper (historien, membre du corps professoral de l’Université York), Ummni Khan (professeure agrégée en droit et en études juridiques à l’Université Carleton) et Darrah Teitel (dramaturge et chargée de campagne à Action Canada).

Ryan Conrad est un artiste, activiste et chercheur universitaire basé à Ottawa. Actuellement bénéficiaire d’une bourse d’études postoctorales du CRSH, il est chercheur au programme d’études en cinéma et en arts médiatiques de l’Université York, où il travaille à la rédaction d’un document intitulé 'Radical VIHsion: Canadian AIDS Film & Video.' Il a également obtenu une bourse postdoctorale de l’Université Carleton pour son AIDS Activist History Project. Il détient un doctorat du Centre d'études interdisciplinaires sur la société et la culture de l’Université Concordia ainsi qu’une maîtrise en arts visuels interdisciplinaires du Maine College of Art.

Conrad est le cofondateur du collectif d'archivage et d’édition numériques Against Equality, qui œuvre aux États-Unis et au Canada. Il a dirigé la publication d’une anthologie de textes du collectif, Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion (2014). Il est également l’auteur ou le co-auteur de nombreux articles parus dans diverses anthologies, dont Decolonizing Sexualities: Transnational Perspectives, Critical Interventions (2016), The Gay Agenda (2014), Queering Anarchism (2013) et After Homosexual (2013). Artiste visuel/médiatique et performeur, il a présenté son travail en Europe, en Asie et en Amérique du Nord. Les archives de tous ses projets sont accessibles en ligne sur le site faggotz.org.