bakla | Ally Gonzalo | Flux Gallery

Launch: Friday, 6 March 2020, 6 – 9 PM. Event is free and all are welcome.

Run: 6 March – 26 March, 2020

Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 5 PM

Bakla (Tagalog) — a Filipino person assigned male at birth but having adopted mannerisms traditionally regarded as feminine. The term includes individuals who identify as trans, non-binary, bisexual, etc.

Bakla predates the word “gay” with the latter only emerging around the 19th century. Similar to indigenous Two-Spirit folk, bakla are considered to be capable of seeing the world through both female and male eyes prior to colonization. They were shamanistic leaders who practiced divination and entered into trances as part of their ritualistic practices. The bakla were labeled as pagans and murdered by Spanish colonizers, creating a power vacuum that was used to install Catholicism.

With Winnipeg having the largest concentration of Filipinos in Canada, it has unfortunately become a microcosm of what Filipino society is back home, meaning that the discrimination towards the bakla, and the Filipinx community in general, has also carried over. Despite this, our communities remain resilient, strong, and colorful. This portrait series is meant to celebrate the diverse identities of the bakla as an act of decolonization from our past and to challenge non-baklas’ prevailing perceptions of who we are.

Ally is a gay Filipino photographer who immigrated to Winnipeg in 2016. For the past two years he has become self-taught in the medium, during which time he has built a foundation in landscape and street photography. Determined to better himself as an artist, he decided to pursue formal training after moving to Canada. While in school, he discovered his knack for portraiture and now specializes in that genre of photography.

He has worked on various portrait series that challenge ideas of masculinity and identity to create a safe space for male-identifying individuals who come from the queer, BIPOC, and immigrant communities.

Chukwudubem Ukaigwe artist talk

Artist talk: Friday, 6 December 7 PM

Runs: 15 November – 7 December 2019

Chukwudubem Ukaigwe will be holding an artist talk on Friday, November 29 at 7 PM at aceartinc. The talk will be accompanying his exhibition in Flux Gallery, IGBA.

Flux Gallery Call for Submissions

Flux Gallery is seeking exhibition proposals from early-stage emerging artists.

To apply please submit the following in digital format to flux@aceart.org by 11:59 PM, Monday, November 4, 2019.

The upcoming show dates are:

January 12 – February 2, 2020

February 3 – 23, 2020

March 1 – 22, 2020

April 19 – May 10, 2020

To submit, enclose:

  1. An exhibition proposal (1 page) – Please include a description of the specific work you are proposing to exhibit at Flux Gallery. Note, this proposal can include work in progress. 
  2. Support Material.
  3. List the dates in your order of preference. We cannot guarantee you’ll get your preferred date.

Support material:

  • You may include up to 5 images.
  • Individual images must be jpegs 72dpi, 1024 x 768 pixel, 500k (.5 MB) RGB or SRGB only.
  • Video may be submitted through a link to Vimeo, YouTube or any other easily accessed website, a max of 5 minutes will be reviewed by the selection committee.
  • You may include a layout of the exhibition. 

When applying, please consider:

  • Flux Gallery exhibits engaging contemporary art in any medium by early-stage emerging artists. We are looking to exhibit artists who identify as emerging and who have not yet had a juried exhibition. 
  • Flux Gallery encourages applicants to voluntarily self-declare in their application if they are members of groups that have been marginalized, e.g. on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, religion, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. 
  • Flux Gallery is run by volunteers. Three members of the committee will facilitate your show and help things run smoothly for you. If you need assistance or access to resources they can help point you in the right direction.
  • You must know how to install your own work. If desired, you can request time in the space to practice installing your work.
  • Works involving sound must be played through headphones.
  • You must return Flux Gallery to its pristine state during the strike of your exhibition.
  • Your work will be for sale; artist fees are therefore not applicable. We will provide a $100 honorarium per show.
  • A map of the space can be found here.

Flux Gallery Call for Committee Members

Deadline: 1 July 2019

Flux Gallery is programmed by a volunteer committee of Winnipeg-based emerging artists, designers, curators, writers, and editors, as well as the aceartinc. staff and board.

We are seeking candidates that identify themselves as emerging in their practices and that are prepared to join the committee this August. The positions are Fundraising Coordinator (2 spots available), Communications Coordinator, Graphic Designer, and outreach for the Flux Writing Program (2 spots available).

We encourage Indigenous peoples, people of colour, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ people (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) to apply and self-identify in their letter of interest.

See form for more information.

Please email a letter of interest to flux@aceart.org with the subject line “Call for members” by 11:59pm on July 1, 2019. In your letter be sure to rank your top 3 positions of choice in order of preference.

Flux Gallery Call for Submissions

Flux Gallery will be seeking exhibition proposals from emerging artists.

To apply please submit the following in a digital format to flux@aceart.org by 11.59pm, 28 February 2019.

The upcoming show dates are:

  • April 28-May 12
  • July 9-26
  • August 12-Sept 7
  • October 22-Nov 10

To submit, enclose:

  1. An exhibition proposal (1 page)
  2. Support Material
  3. List the dates in your order of preference. We cannot guarantee you’ll get your preferred date.

Support material:

  • You may include up to 5 images
  • Individual images must be jpegs 72dpi, 1024 x 768 pixel, 500k (.5 MB) RGB or SRGB only
  • Video may be submitted through a link to Vimeo, YouTube or any other easily accessed website, a max of 5 minutes will be reviewed by selection committee

When applying, please consider:

  • Flux Gallery is  run by volunteers. Two members of the committee will facilitate your show and help things run smoothly for you. If you need assistance or access to resources they can help point you in the right direction
  • You must know how to install your own work. If desired, you can request time in the space to practice installing your work.
  • Works involving sound must be played through headphones.
  • You must return Flux Gallery to its pristine state during the strike of your exhibition.
  • Your work will be for sale; artist fees are therefore not applicable. We will provide a $100 honorarium per show.
  • A map of the space can be found here.

2018/2019 Programming

Fall 2018 / Winter 2019:

November 4 -17, 2018: Simon Fuh
December 3 – 16, 2018: Niamh Dooley
January 11 – 19, 2019: Leah McInnis + David Peters
February 1 – 9, 2019: Abhishek Chaudhary
March 15 – 24, 2019: Meganelizabeth Diamond

About

Flux Gallery exhibits engaging contemporary art in any medium by early-stage emerging artists.  Located in Winnipeg at 2-290 McDermot Avenue, within aceartinc., Flux Gallery seeks to address the lack of exhibition space for this group by providing a 400 square foot space dedicated exclusively to the exhibition of work by early-emerging artists.

Flux Gallery is programmed by a committee of Winnipeg-based emerging artists/ Designers/ Curators, aceart Staff and Board.  Shows are programmed on a quarterly basis. Selected artist(s)/ curators will have the gallery for two weeks; this period includes install, run, and strike of exhibition.

aceartinc. is acting as an arm’s length facilitator but is very pleased to provide support to more artists via this innovative project. You can support Flux Gallery by making a donation!

Former committee members: Graham Wiebe, Christina Hajjar, Noor Bhangu, Alyssa Bornn, Pablo Javier Castillo Huerta, Annie Beach, Hassaan Ashraf, Julian Kirchmann, Sean McLachlan, Hannah Doucet, Alena Rieger, Jeanine Saurette, Nicole Flynn, Michael Mogatas, Mariana Muñoz Gomez, hannah_g , Chantel Mierau, Olenka Skrypnyk, Kelsey Smith, Genevieve Farrell.

The committee was awarded the Volunteer Manitoba Investors Group Award for Arts & Culture in 2017.

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Flux Writing Program

Flux Gallery invites emerging writers to respond to exhibitions. You can read their writing here.

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