Founded in 2008, arts group Queer Rebel Productions has made it their mission to showcase queer artists of color and connect generations. "We are a multi-generational, Queer Black and Asian artist-activist couple," explain co-directors Celeste Chan and KB Boyce, via email. "Queer Rebels is our lovechild: beautiful and rebellious, aesthetic and experimental, born from our experiences as people of color in punk and DIY scenes, and created with riotously gay love and joy."
This weekend, they're presenting provocative performance and films in Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance, as part of the Queer Cultural Center's 16th Annual National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco and Oakland. The Queer Cultural Center never fails to bring the most important and groundbreaking queer events to the forefront, so check it out if you live in the Bay Area.
In the face of rising city rents and increasing displacement, Queer Rebels fiercely carves out space for vibrant Queer Black artists in San Francisco. Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance "celebrates our traditions of dissent, swank, and Queer Black aesthetics," explains KB Boyce, via email."We are inspired by the way Harlem artists supported each other and broke down doors for creative, sexual, and intellectual freedom. These historic artists paved the way. We pay homage to Queer Harlem while marching boldly into the future."
Go check out the show:
Where: Friday-Saturday July 5-6, 2013. Doors 7:30pm; Show at 8pm
When: African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street, SF
Tickets: $15-25, available at www.queerrebels.com
Where: New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland
When: Sunday July 7, 2013 at 12 Noon.
Tickets: $7-10, available at www.queerrebels.com