The Edmonton Queer History Project(EQHP) is a multimedia, public art exhibition and community archive comprised of art, artifacts, and videotaped life history oral interviews. This collection showcases the people, places, and events that built understandings of Edmonton’s queer community over the past 40 years. Several years in development, EQHP debuted at the Art Gallery of Alberta, June 5-21, 2015 as part of the Edmonton Pride Festival’s 35th anniversary celebrations.
Since the inaugural exhibition in 2015, EQHP has continued to be exhibited regionally, provincially, and nationally. EQHP has also contributed to numerous community initiatives, notably: Sexual and Gender Minorities History Project, Fort Edmonton Park, 2016; the City as Museum Project: Queers on Campus, 2016; the Edmonton Queer History App, 2018; and The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA), Travelling Rural exhibition program (TREX) Re-Imaging Normal2018-2020.
The TREX Re-Imaging Normalexhibition (2018-2020)is currently travelling Alberta. This exhibition was curated by Michelle Lavoie and Shane Golby of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA), and is currently contributing to public educational outreach on SGM issues. This AFA Travelling Rural Exhibition (TREX) is the first to feature art and stories of SGM emerging and established artist, and artwork from the EdmontonQueer History Project Exhibition (Art Gallery of Alberta, 2015). TREX is shown across elementary and high schools, libraries, and community centres throughout rural Alberta from 2018-2020. In 2018-2019, the AFA recorded public viewership of TREX Re-Imaging Normalexhibition at 53,196.
To see some of our video projects, please visit our YouTube Channel.
Plans are underway to redevelop and expand this website to share even more of Edmonton’s Queer History!
Edmonton Queer History Project Team
Principal Investigator: Kristopher Wells, PhD
Canada Research Chair (Tier II) for the Public Understanding of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth, MacEwan University
Exhibition Curator: Michelle Lavoie
Ph.D. Candidate Educational Policy Studies
University of Alberta
Digital Video & Life History Interviewer: Michael Janz
M.A. Educational Policy Studies
University of Alberta
Please see Re-Imaging Normal: https:www.youraga.ca/exhibitions/re-imaging-normal