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 :)
Darling Shear at #salonathon GRAVY #queer #performance #chicago (at Berlin Nightclub)
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