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deCONSTRUCTIONs by Jonny Sopotiuk

deCONSTRUCTIONs by Jonny Sopotiuk
Fabric, Thead. 2013.

This summer I had the honour of being selected as one of 14 featured artists in the TransgressionNow visual arts show as part of the Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver, BC. The annual event is coordinated by the Pride in Art Society and was curated this year by Paul Wong and Glenn Alteen.

My work, deCONSTRUCTIONs, was a process based project that explores issues of gender, gender identity / construction and consumer culture.

This was my first major show and it was a really fantastic experience. I had the opportunity to meet some amazing local queer artists like SD Holman and belle ancell. I also had my work featured in 24 hrs Vancouver, VancityBuzz and the Ubyssey. It even inspired this vine video by the legendary video artist and show co-curator Paul Wong.

The show ran from July 24 – August 9, 2013. If you didn’t get the chance to see it in person I’d highly recommend watching the recording of the curators talk online here.

Supporting Queers in Russia

I just made a donation to the international queer solidarity fund for Russian queers. In response to the recently passed anti-gay laws in Russia, Nikolai Alekseev, LGBT rights activist, lawyer and journalist, launched an International solidarity fund yesterday. From Nikolai:

Starting from this moment anyone wishing to help us continue our LGBT human rights work in Russia, including the organization of public protests, paying the fines, sorting the legal court campaigns or preparation for Sochi Pride during Olympics, can donate to us without any problems.

Donations are being processed through paypal. Donations can be sent to MOSCOWPRIDE (at) YAHOO.COM. If you’re in a position to donate a large sum you can contact Nikolai directly through facebook here.

Read here for more information of the recent history of the Russian anti-gay laws, the campaign to move the Sochi Olympics and the Russian vodka boycott.

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Instagram Collage

One of the things I love about Instagram is that you take it with you wherever you go. No need to lug around a bulky camera and photo editing software. The only trade off is that the image quality isn’t always the best. But if you’re glued to your phone like me it is perfect way for capturing those fleeting moments. Do you Instagram too? Hit me up at JonnySopotiuk.

Winnipeg Folk Festival. 2012.

Vancouver Dyke March. Commercial Drive. 2012.

Winnipeg Folk Festival. Birds Hill Park, Manitoba. 2012.

Check out the entire photo gallery here.