“Queering the museum is a work of discovery, like a thriller, like a detective novel, to trace this ‘love that dare not speak its name.’ There are so many representations of same-sex love, as it turns out; it just takes some effort to discover them. It’s a major work of sublimation, of discovery, of cultural work for the LGBT community.”—Tomasz Kitlinski, in an interview with Xtra.
Queer archives often have less content that relates to queer women, trans people, and people of colour.
“There is a noticeable imbalance in our collection, and, I would suspect, in other LGBT archives. Maybe 25 percent,” estimates Kate Zieman, an archivist and CLGA volunteer. “There just hasn’t been the same volume of material created for queer women as there has been for men … If we don’t make the effort to recover and preserve our stories, it makes it that much easier to ignore our existence and the incredible gains that we’ve made.”
In Xtra, read about Lez Con, a Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives exhibition that is going to help change one part of that imbalance.
“I really wanted to focus on lesbian representation and ideas about regulated representation,” says [artist Onya] Hogan-Finlay. “Displays of archival material can help resonate the richness and variety, but also lack thereof, that exists.”