To Be Continued: Troubling the Queer Archive

September 24, 2020 - May 15, 2021

This exhibition examines local histories and genealogies of queerness.

The story of queer history that dominates the archival record is one of white cisnormative gays. Curators Anna Shah Hoque and Cara Tierney question and destabilize this incomplete version of the past, foregrounding the work and creativity of emerging and established artists from local queer, trans and IBPOC communities.

From works that reconsider specific historic events to works that speculatively produce histories from the future, the artists collectively imagine and gesture toward alternative archives.

The exhibition was amplified in fall 2020 by the Stonecroft Symposium: To Be Continued. It took the form of a multi-vocal, multi-site virtual “event” including podcasts, conversations and gatherings.

The exhibition and symposium together generate and disseminate new artworks that share lesser-told stories and histories. For the curators, as for the artists, this work is always, and forever will be, “to be continued…”

We invite you to subscribe to the podcast, which features a groundbreaking series of conversations with the artists and Ottawa-Gatineau folks who have been integral to the building of this region’s queer community. The podcast is produced by Fin–Xuan Tran, Anna Shah Hoque, Cara Tierney and Keegan Prempeh. You can listen to it here.

Curated by

Anna Shah Hoque and Cara Tierney

Artists in the exhibition

Barry Ace, Howard Adler, Aymara Alvarado Sanchez, Pansee Atta, Rosalie Favell, Ashley Grenstone, RJ Jones, Don Kwan, Ed Kwan AKA China Doll, Kole Peplinskie, Adrienne Row-Smith, Pride Is Political, Shanghai Restaurant


We acknowledge with gratitude the support of the Stonecroft Foundation for the Arts, which promotes education in the visual arts and fosters the public’s appreciation of the visual arts.