Blog : qwoc

[July 2-3, 2016: SET ON FREEDOM, Artist Retreat | Queens Museum]

[July 2-3, 2016: SET ON FREEDOM, Artist Retreat | Queens Museum]

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Dearest ones!

Set On Freedom Arts Retreat at @QueensMuseum. What a brilliant first retreat! Today is going to be on fire working with #peopleofcolor & #Qtpoc artists doing their the damn thang! What a blessed time to connect with such amazing people in artistic process. With Orlando, the shock and loss of so many Black & Latinx Queer & Trans community, the ache of our artistic spaces

being uprooted, with global pain and attacks, with trans women of color being murdered more & more this 2016; this is what we deserved.  Thank you so much to my co-faclitators Silvia, Thanu, Simone?!, & Dominique for working on this 3-month long process that carved out necessary salve for space, reflection, sharing.

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Subjects embodied/discussed:
transmisogyny & misogyny in working with theater/industrial/ spaces, what ways does depression & grief breathe in every creation you make?, white gaze on our brown & black art, how does tokenization isolate and maybe even profit us?, in what ways does class access to materials & resources shape our art, how do we remain of community & with integrity as we create/collaborate?, how do we bridge what we do with our families & communities that may not embrace our art/politics/gender/sexuality?, how do diasporic & migrant artists maintain home in their art space?, what does chronic pain & PTSD trauma do with you art & access to artistic practice? what ways can we pool resources for grants, studio space, community engagement?, if you can imagine yourself as an ancestor in the making, what ways will art uplift your world?

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[Description: to the left, a brown round boi with glasses & to right, a black trans femme with glasses both smile in a selfie.] Tenderness & gratitude to be able to witness the the shine of @venusselenite! Support her work & by her new book, Trigger! Go to

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[January 25, 2016 |100 Hummingbirds, a short film.]

[January 25, 2016 |100 Hummingbirds, a short film.]

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[Description, a series of six photos illustrate brown and black queer and/or migrant people
of color posing individually in sunny climates like desserts or outside colorful murals.
A few photos include a platter of tacos and a crew shot filming in a dimly lit bedroom.]

Get in & get your heart:

I’m in LA acting in a new film! In less than three days I have ventured into drawers with
calling cards reaching and racing, pause then flash forward to the Mojave desert.
Here’s to QTPOC making their own paths. Here’s to indescribable artistic process
that doesn’t have to be competitive, but all for the message & hopefully for
the crafted stories of our range of people.

There’s something innately cinematic about the desert, but watching a beaming sun
then dip and drape into the night sky, the world felt vast. Velvet orange and reads and pinks.
I’m working on a project written & co-directed by artist wonder, Jess X. Chen and
powerful co-director, Jarrett Key. I’m in a cast with beautiful poet & cultural worker,
Sonia Guiñansaca. That’s it. 

It’s a love story, but isn’t it always? At the intersections of migration and love, it’s a
queer story for us brown folks and migrants who keep longing and searching. I am
learning more and more each day, I am learning that no path or heart wave is linear.
We wobble, we pain, we take a break, we pursue, we long for our truest connections.

100 Hummingbirds is a film, I cannot wait to share more about. I promise you one thing,
we’re fucking up the picture of what love looks like in this empire. We’re shaping
stories that are at the cavity of chests that have long been beating and believing.

[ January 22, 2016 | Filming 100 Hummingbirds w/  Jess X. Chen]

[ January 22, 2016 | Filming 100 Hummingbirds w/ Jess X. Chen]







So tremendously honored to be casted and acting in a short film by Jess X. Chen! 72 hours i LA and that means desert shots, intimate bedroom spooning out, and so many tacos! what wonder it is to work and collaborate with QTPOC and disabled community. It is already so beautiful and I cannot wait for the world to witness this new artwork!

via the marvelous poet, & artist force, Jess X. Chen:
“Sitting next to two of my favorite activists/poets and cuties in the world @thesoniag and @brownroundboi (the actors) after a directing workshop with @jar.key and myself. The magical queer migrant love short film is in process in Los Angeles and I’m so humbled and moved. We are shooting today and tomorrow in Hollywood (LOL) and the Mohave desert. I am so grateful to everyone who has come out to support the creation and conception of this journey. Let’s bring queer people of color, disabled trans people of color, queer migrants and their vibrant dreaming to the big screen! #QPOC #jessxchen #soniaguinansaca#kaybarrett #film #actress
 — with Kay Ulanday Barrett and Sonia Guiñansaca in Los Angeles, California.”

[December 15, 2015 | NIIC, Culture/Strike Artist Convening 2015]

[December 15, 2015 | NIIC, Culture/Strike Artist Convening 2015]

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[Description: a range of artists pose for a group photo, they range in size, trace, gender, security, ability, diaspora, citizenship status, style, & spirit. A banner at the center has a blue hummingbird & says “Black & Brown Freedom Over Profit.”] Via @culturestrike: “Today we successfully convene over a dozen #artists as part of the #NYC#UntilWeAreAllFree #Artist Caucus to discuss cultural strategy, & visionary work around mass incarceration and mass detention. From established to emerging artist, #qtpoc#woc#Black#afrolatina#Trans#undocumented, to #API, to #emcees#musicians#poets#comedians, to #filmmakers. These area some of the brilliant artists (to name a few): @brooklynwala @frisly, Marlène Cancio, @miguelluciano_ny, Fernanda Espinoza, @ucancallmela@brownroundboi@theearthwarrior@tesfayetra, Caits Meissner, @chayo56. A big shout out to our partner @artchangeus (Roberta Uno), who we co-planned this caucus with #racialjustice #migrantrights#art #art4 #AllFree




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[Description: banners hang with blue hummingbirds & a sun, with black text reads “our hearts & dreams transcend borders & bars” + “black & brown freedom over profit” + “turn on the mic.” Below is a badge that reads Kay Ulanday Barrett #arts caucus with @culturestrike] part of the #NIIC conference. Thanks to @thesoniag & @favianna1 for this convening. With @tesfayetra @marinlidowatts @brooklynwala @miguelluciano, ny @ty_ushka @ucancallmeLA @theearthwarrior & many others across the u.s. empire! 

[September 4, 2015 | 3 Artists & Cultural Workers You Need to Know About –]

[September 4, 2015 | 3 Artists & Cultural Workers You Need to Know About –]

3 Artists & Cultural Workers of Color You Need to Know About

Kay Ulanday Barrett on Reina Gossett, Patricia Berne, & Sonia Guiñansaca

This post is part of a Nat. Brut series in which feminist writers, artists, and activists discuss people, publications, or organizations who are working toward inclusivity. Today, poet and educator Kay Ulanday Barrett shares their choices. Click here to read more!  Special Thanks to Kayla E. of Nat. Brut for the amazing collaboration. 

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May 2, 2015 | Awkward Family Portrait at QPOCC

May 2, 2015 | Awkward Family Portrait at QPOCC

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[Description: an array of queer & trans people of color post for a board that reads “I.V. 1 First Fridays”. The 
#qtpoc range in style, skin color, gender, and sexualities.] awkward family photo / committee on access & curmudgeon care. thanks to these homies supporting with much needed accessibility & #accessintimacy tonight. Cc: @idaliuchis@juliosalgado83@sophiethecat27#qpoc #qtpoc#qwoc #qpocc15 #sdqtpoc