Lucas Morneau’s provocative Queer Newfoundland Hockey League (QNHL) proposes 14 fictional teams that reclaim, empower, and amplify LGBTQIA2S+ voices.
The series playfully challenges the prevalence of homophobia and hyper-masculinity in the culture of team sports, the Kamloops Art Gallery says in notes for the exhibition (on through April). Each jersey is hand crocheted and rughooked, using craft practices often delegated as “women’s work”.
The teams are named with pejoratives such as sissy and fag used against queer individualson and off the ice, Morneau says. Each team is alsorepresented by a hand-crocheted and rug-hooked jersey, a doily goalie mask, and a hockey card modeled by men, women, and gender-nonconforming players.
Lucas Morneau is a queer interdisciplinary artist and curator of English-Newfoundlander and French-Quebeçois European settler descent from Ktaqamkuk (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada). Their website, here.
Link to all the sweaters in the series, here.