Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives
Since March 2013, I have been running a podcast called We Want the Airwaves: QPOC Artists on the Rise. Each week I highlight the work of a different queer or transgender artist of color and we discuss how they got where they are in their career. Previous guests have included Kiam Marcelo Junio (pictured above), Magnoliah Black, and Love Corazón.
I try to always make transcriptions of the interviews available for folks that are deaf or prefer to read than to listen, but this adds considerable cost to the production of the podcast. I am reaching out for help so that I can continue making the podcast in 2014, and also keep making the transcriptions available. My co-editors, Jessica Glennon-Zukoff and Terra Mikalson, and I are also working on turning the first several podcast episodes into a book.
Where The Money Goes
Much of the podcast is about the economic hardships of being a working artist from marginalized communities. As a result,
- $800 will be used to compensate artists for their contributions to the book.
- $800 will be used to keep the podcast running in 2014.
- $200 will be used to pay the PayPal and Indiegogo fees.
Queer and transgender people of color are under-represented in all forms of media. I believe I am creating valuable archives of queer and trans people of color’s stories that will serve to inform and inspire up-and-coming artists from marginalized communities, by helping them understand how their predecessors navigated racism, homophobia, and transphobia.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can’t donate, I totally understand. Here are some other ways you can help:
- Listen to the podcast.
- Share the podcast with your friends on Twitter and Facebook.
- Fill out this short survey.
- Write a review on iTunes.
Thanks so much, and happy holidays!
This is a really great project, y’all. Click over to the Podcast blog and listen to your queer peers!
The Jerry Blossom Brigade
at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
for Chances Dances: Summoning a New Queer Reality
MCA First Fridays, Dec 6, 2013
Photography by Jackie Elizabeth Rivas
The Jerry Blossom Brigade:
Kiam Marcelo Junio/Jerry Blossom, Rashayla Marie Brown (squad leader), Alex Paul Young, Dove Drury-Hornbuckle, Darren Barrere, Kevin Sparrow, Cathy Kim, Chad Chaney, Adriana Magnolia, Annie Driscoll, Brett Layne, Nicole Renee, Marie Socha, Corrine Mina
installation and live performance
44 packets of Oriental Flavor ramen noodles in hot bathwater
sesame oil, ginger oil, and sriracha sauce
bathroom installation with research material, chimes, and disposable cameras
Madame Butterfly opera on soundtrack
Last night I debuted a new performance piece, “Oriental Flavor” in which I took a hot bath with 40 packs of ramen noodles and had viewers pour sesame oil on me while confronting them in the intimate space of a bathroom at Anatomy/Gift/Association presents: The Cabaret Cabaret (photo credit: @g_b4g ) #queer #art #performance #asian #orientalism (at Pilsen)
My interview with Nico Lang for the Windy City Times is live online! It sums up quite succinctly a lot of what has brought me to where I am today, and what influences the work I make.
"Jerry Blossom Brigade," the piece I’ll be performing (alongside some amazing artists and queer community members) this Friday for December First Fridays: Summoning a New Queer Reality is a manifestation of my history, politics, and personal experience as a genderqueer, Filipino, US Navy veteran, visual and performance artist.
Although Junio explained that they already felt like they’d been performing for different people, it was the character of Jerry Blossom that allowed Junio’s interest in the medium to flourish. “It began just as a name,” Junio explained, but Jerry started to grow into a manifestation of my suppressed behaviors, cultural signifiers slapped up against white privilege and color. This performance had the potential to become a vehicle to discuss these kinds of issues.” For Junio, Jerry Blossom is an act of resistance. “I think a lot about the invisibility of Filipino bodies in space, performance and art,” Junio said. “Filipinos are the second most populous Asian population, but we’re nowhere to be seen on TV. Our experience is not represented.”
Chances Dances: summoning a New Queer Reality for First Fridays at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Don’t miss this momentous event!
Dec 6, 6-10 pm at the MCA
I’m so excited to be a part of this along with so many of my dear friends and chosen family :)
I’m performing a piece called “Oriental Flavor” at Anatomy/Gift/Association in Pilsen on Dec 7. I’ll be taking a hot bath in ramen noodle soup and pouring sesame oil on myself, and making the bathwater and ramen available for consumption. Come by or stay tuned for pics and details!
The Cabaret Cabaret (XIV or XV?)
an evening of performances
A/G/A Fancy House
1619 W 16th St
I’m tired of pop music. I’d rather hear my peers make original sounds. We all have hands to beat on things, we have voices, some of us can even play instruments. Most of us have mics on our phones to record with, and apps on our iPads. Luckily, some of my friends are talented DJs who are able to craft new landscapes and sonic collages out of a variety of sounds that express history, personality, and passion. But I’m still hungry for more, for something new.
I’ve been listening to the same recycled lyrics and heteronormative narratives all my life. Lyrics like “I need you, I can’t live without you, how could you do this to me, I am incomplete without your validation of my existence…” only serve to perpetuate these destructive themes in my life. I don’t want experiences with people to unfold like love songs (or for that matter, rom-coms, but I’ve stopped watching those years ago). And I want music to reflect the complexity of love and relationships, especially as a queer person.
Life is not simple, love is not simple. Where are the songs about platonic friends who like to make out? Where are songs about wanting to date several people because each interaction is a unique experience worthy to explore? Where are songs about exes you get along really well with, but are sometimes jealous or possessive of? Songs about cuddling? Or songs about kinks and fetishes as a normal expression of human sexuality instead of a depraved, scandalous, pearl-clutching stories? Songs about healthy open relationships? Or even songs about monogamous coupledom, written in ways that affirm each individual as whole beings unto themselves?
How do we embody these normative narratives? How do we break away from them? How do we create our own myths, legends, and songs? We have so much creative power than we know what to do with. When I lived in Spain, there was always music in the streets, whether blasting from speakers or performed in spontaneous jam sessions on a street corner or the town square. People’s physical presence and live rhythms are truly life-giving. I want this in my life again, and I know I’m capable, and so are a lot of my friends and peers.
We are all frequencies, vibrations, waveforms. Let’s express the presence of our bodies, and mark our voices upon the wind. Let’s make sounds.
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