Queer Filipinx PulitiQ on Mental Health and Police Brutality Issues

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Updated: June 22, 2021, 8:27 P.M.

Pride Month 2021


Unceded Territories – This summer, Filipinx queer multi-disciplinary PulitiQ [Arts_Sounds_Kritikal_Filipinx_Queer] will be part of the VINES Art Festival 2021 on August 9-19, 2021.

According to the Vines website, “Vines is an arts organization and festival that is responsive to and nurturing of artists that are working toward land, water, and relational justice.” https://vinesartfestival.com

In this upcoming festival PulitiQ is inviting fellow artists and concerned community members to Stop The Killings!, an art campaign and exhibition on the themes of mental health and police brutality.

PulitiQ will be curating a juried postcard and zine art and mail campaign exhibition on these themes of mental health and police brutality as part of the VINES Art Festival this year.

Art postcards of 4’x6’ inches will be printed and distributed as part of the campaign, “Stop the Killings!” presented in this art show and festival. A printout in zine-style publication will also be produced from this art project as well, which will be a fundraising effort for a community group or cause (to be determined).

With this art project, PulitiQ wishes to
– Use this art opportunity as a venue and platform to resolve issues affecting the Filipino’s and other marginalised communities’ stories of mental health wellness, police brutality, and anti-stigma hope and struggles.
– Bring awareness on the impacts of COVID-19, inequity, and unsafe public places on our mental health and overall health.
-Highlight the mental health struggles and lived-experiences of recovery, and/or psychiatric violence and police abuse.
-Tackle the impacts of the stigma on mental health and addiction on marginalised communities.
-Advance the rights and welfare of mental health consumers and survivors.

Art submissions such as drawings, illustration, photography, and word art are accepted for jurying until July 10, 2021, via email contactpulitiq@gmail.com

PULITIQ [Arts_Sounds_Kritikal_Filipinx_Queer]

Based on the unceded homelands of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations of the Coast Salish Territory, PulitiQ is a Filipinx LGBTQ group of artists that promotes Arts, Sounds, and Critical Thinking on LGBTQ topics, BIPOC struggles, and issues connected to the Filipino community and the Philippine diaspora.

Started in 2018, by two Filipinx queer, trans, nonbinary multidisciplinary peer-based artists Lee Bustos and Mildred German, PulitiQ wishes to connect, work, and share talents with like-minded Filipinx and LGBTQ artists on thematic projects that can involve necessary discussions and actions through arts, culture, and community.

Some past work and participations of PulitiQ include the Art Studios, Pinoy Pride Vancouver’s LiberacIon Canada’s First LGBTQ Filipinx Pride Arts Celebration, the Vancouver Pride Parade 2019, Unibrow Arts Festival, Filipinx of Bancouber Zines, Pighati Filipinx for Mental Health, Vancouver’s Coop Radio, Spartacus Bookstores’ movie nights, many rallies and community events close to heart.

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