Trauma Clown at SUM gallery | Queer Arts Festival

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Event Category: Exhibitions

  • Oppression and commodification meet artist Vivek Shraya’s first solo photography show in Vancouver, Trauma Clown. In a cultural climate where laughter and pain go hand in hand, Shraya shuffles through a deck of trauma cards, exploring what type of sad clown we embody when we externalize our suffering. Over the course of the exhibition, Shraya’s “trauma clown” revisits traumatic experiences for entertainment and is rewarded with increasing accolades—to her own detriment. Her work invites viewers to question the mediums of modern spectacle and the depths of our appetite.

    Head to to book your private appointment to view this exhibition. Time slots are still available to attend the show’s opening reception on April 2nd. You can also register to stream the exclusive Artist Talk with Vivek Shraya on April 3rd. 

    SUM gallery is Canada’s only queer-mandated visual art gallery and one of only a few worldwide. SUM produces, presents and exhibits with a curatorial vision favouring challenging, thought-provoking multidisciplinary work that pushes boundaries and initiates dialogue. SUM brings diverse communities together to support artistic risk-taking, incite creative collaboration and experimentation and celebrate the rich heritage of queer artists and art.

    Vivek Shraya is an author, musician, visual artist, performer and six-time Lambda Literary Award Finalist. Her visual art practice includes the internationally acclaimed photo series Trisha, featured in Vanity Fair, Village Voice and India Today, and in solo exhibits in New York City and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Trauma Clown was featured on the cover of Now Magazine and in the Patel Gallery. is a digital archive for a living trans artist of colour, featuring her music, writing, visual art, theatrical and film works, from 2002 to present. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.

    SUM gallery is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and acting accordingly by implementing precautions aligned with public health advisories. At this time, reservations are required to visit the gallery. We acknowledge that exhibition details may change at any time to reflect provincial health recommendations. Please refer to our website for the most up to date information on Trauma Clown and future exhibitions.

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