A Group Exhibition to Benefit the Ali Forney Center
Curated by Tariq Dixon | Words by Sean Santiago
TRNK Editions presents MIEN - a cross-section of queer artists of color who leverage portraiture photography to explore identity beyond visibility. Rather than presenting queerness as a cultural homology or indulging the exotification of black and brown bodies (often de facto impulses by society writ large), these images take authorship over individual lived experience while acknowledging contributions to a representative body politic. Expressly, by bringing these diverse works in conversation with one another, this show makes legible the inherent tension between community and self.
Each work is presented as a limited-edition, 20"x30" poster ($75 Unframed, $250 Framed). 100% of proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Ali Forney Center to combat LGBTQ youth homelessness in NYC.
The Ali Forney Center is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youths—assisting nearly 1,800 young people per year through a 24-hour Drop-In Center which provides over 65,000 meals annually, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a scattered-site housing program. AFC’s goal is to provide them with the support and services they need to escape the streets and begin to live healthy and independent lives. For more information on The Ali Forney Center, visit www.aliforneycenter.org.
'de la calle / a la calle...' by Dorian Ulises López Macías
'Te Extraño' by Dorian Ulises López Macías
'we lay in a bed of queen anne's lace...' by Naima Green
'Breath tucks in and weighs the eyes closed...' by Elliott Jerome Brown, Jr.
'Schentell' by Simone Thompson
'Ticunas' by Nelson Morales
'Alpha Male' by Guanyu Xu
' San Cha, 2018' by Texas Isaiah
'Self Portrait with Red Skirt' by Nelson Morales
Dorian Ulises López Macías
Dorian Ulises López Macías (Aguascalientes, Mexico, 1980) is a documentary and fashion photographer. He's the author of Mexicano, a decade-long photographic project that celebrates the diversity of Mexican identity, reviewed by the New York Times, El País, among others. His photographs have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum in New York, the Photo Vogue Festival 2018, the Museo del Chopo, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Palais de Tokio in Paris. His fashion editorials have been published in ELLE México, Vogue Italia, Vogue México, Atmos, Pin-UP Magazine, L’Officiel México and Office Magazine.
Naima Green is a Brooklyn-based artist and educator whose practice is rooted in placemaking and intimacy. She is the creator of “Pur·suit,” a deck of playing cards and forthcoming archive featuring queer womxn, trans, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming people. She earned an MFA in Photography from ICP-Bard, an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a BA from Barnard College. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Smart Museum of Art, MASS MoCA, International Center of Photography, Houston Center for Photography, Bronx Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Arsenal Gallery.
Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. (b. 1993, Long Island, NY) utilizes photography and sculpture to visualize intimacy, communion, and self-possession. He is a recipient of the 2019 Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant and has participated in the New York Times Portfolio Review (2016), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2017), and the St. Roch Community Church Artist Residency (2018-2019). In addition to his artistic practice, Brown Jr.’s work has been commissioned by The New Yorker, Out, W, Cultured, Luncheon, and King Kong. He received his BFA in Photography from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and is currently represented by Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in New York.
Simone Thompson is a freelance photographer based in Los Angeles. She primarily shoots 35mm & 120mm film. Her work has been featured in i - D Magazine, Pitchfork, Bandcamp, Live Fast Mag, Cake Magazine & Drome Magazine, to name a few.
Guanyu Xu is an artist currently based in Chicago. His photographic interventions offer an exploration of his complex personal history and identity; born and raised in China, Xu moved to the US in 2014. His work bridges the gap between the personal and political, highlighting the disparities and connections between the two nations, in which his intersectional experience of the US meets his conservative familial experience of China. His works have been exhibited globally, including the Aperture Foundation and ICP Museum and can be found in public collections including The Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. His works have been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, ArtAsiaPacific, The New Yorker, W Magazine, and Harper's Magazine.
Texas Isaiah is a visual narrator based in Los Angeles, Oakland, and NYC. His intimate works celebrate the possibilities that can emerge by inviting individuals to participate in the photographic process. Texas Isaiah’s work has been exhibited in numerous spaces such as Fotografiska (NYC), Aperture Foundation Gallery (NYC), Charlie James Gallery (LA), Studio Museum in Harlem (NYC), Residency (LA), Hammer Museum (LA), and The Kitchen (NYC). Selected publications include LA Times, Adweek, Artforum, Them, The FADER, VSCO, Vice, LALA Magazine, and Cultured Magazine. He is one of the 2018 grant recipients of Art Matters and the 2019 recipient of the "Getty Images: Where We Stand" Creative Bursary grant.
Nelson Morales is a Mexico-based artist who has dedicated himself completely to photography since 2008. His work focuses mainly on issues of gender, body, identity and sexual diversity. His work has been exhibited globally, including Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Canada, Portugal, Malaysia, India, Brazil, Argentina and Columbia, to name a few. His achievements include Finalist in the FOLA Photobook Award (2018) and First Place in the Pride Photo Award in the Netherlands (2019). His work has been published in Aperture, The New York Times, Vogue Italia, Vogue México, Vice, Mexicanísimo, TETU, among others. In 2018, he published his first Photobook, “Musas Muxe” followed by “Fantastic Woman” in 2019.