Queer Ecologies | Films, Oral Histories & Artist Dialogues

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Image: still from Sasha Wortzel's "How to Carry Water" Event Location: Uniondocs | 352 Onderdonk Ave. Ridgewood, NY 11385

Event Details

We’re thrilled to come together with Uniondocs in partnership with the Incite Institute at Columbia University for Queer Ecologies, a unique night that celebrates the intersection of the natural world and the LGBTQ+ community. Programmed with writer / art historian specializing in queer art and culture Ksenia M. Soboleva, this program features a curated selection of films and oral histories highlighting diverse perspectives on nature, identity, and personal journeys within the LGBTQ+ spectrum.

This selection of thought-provoking films and intimate storytelling explores connections between the natural world and queer experience, from Sasha Wortzel’s punk rock fairytale that brings to life the portraiture of Shoog McDaniel — a fat, queer, and disabled photographer working in and around northern Florida’s vast network of freshwater spring, to what Soboleva describes recently in Bomb Magazine as Amina Ross’s “deeply visceral, imagery…[that] heightens viewers’ awareness of the relationship to their own body and its movements through a world that is seemingly more concerned with demolishing than building.”

We’ll also be invited to listen in on a sample from J. Wortham’s forthcoming oral history project that delves into elders resilience amidst changing tides and explore Ohan Breiding’s reflection on collective care and memory through the telling of the Rhône glacier and Rhône river that connects the Swiss Alps to the Mediterranean Sea.

Each work uniquely sheds light on the beauty, challenges, and resilience often found within the these intersections between our natural world and identity.

Whether you are a nature enthusiast, an LGBTQ+ ally, or someone interested in engaging this notion of queer ecologies, this event offers a space for reflection, celebration, and meaningful dialogue.  Join us as we delve into compelling stories that inspire, educate, and amplify voices often underrepresented in mainstream media at the crossroads of nature and LGBTQ+ experiences.

A conversation will follow the program with featured artists Amina Ross, Sasha Wortzel, Ohan Breiding & J.Wortham moderated by Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, Director of Public Programs & Partnerships at the American LGBTQ+ Museum.

Special thanks to Baldwin for the Arts and the rest of our collaborators Kenia Hale (Incite Institute) & Michael Falco (Incite Institute) for all their efforts to bring together this celebratory night of works.