Slut Island Festival is a community initiative that seeks to create space for marginalized artists within the local and national cultural scene, resist processes of tokenization and commodification and contribute to the development and maintenance of anti-oppressive community networks. With this mandate at the forefront of our curatorial process, we will present the sixth edition of the festival in Tio’tia:ke, unceded Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) territory Montreal, QC).
Each year, the festival is curated by the two co-founders and a group of hired jury members who share the desire to claim agency in constructing a festival program informed by their experiences of marginalization, misrepresentation within or alienation from both institutional and D.I.Y. music/art scenes as a result of their sexual, racial, class, and/or gender identities. By operating with a “by-and-for” organizational model, Slut Island opposes the power-dynamics often present in North American festival programming practices in which non-marginalized (i.e. white, hetero-normative) people hold curatorial authority over marginalized artists, and selectively include them in the name of “diversity.”
With the continued support of our dedicated audience and the Canada Council for the arts, we are able to continue to run Slut Island Festival and to validate and disseminate the work of worthy and talented artists who face systemic barriers a result of their racial, sexual, and/or gender identities, life style, class position or alternative abilities through exciting and innovative programming, proper compensation, acknowledgement and celebration.
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