Nia King

Nia King
These are the Breaks
an audio collageThe overarching theme is the individual artists’ relationships to the broader queer and trans artist of color community. The audio collage includes trans women, trans men, cis women, cis men, and genderqueer people of indigenous, Black, Latin@, Asian, and Arab ancestry.Artists include:
Virgie Tovar – writer and fat activist-scholar
Kim Tillman – musician
Micia Mosely – comedian
Magnoliah Black – burlesque performer
Ryka Aoki – writer
Julio Salgado – illustrator
Love Corazon – writer
Yosimar Reyes – poet
Fabian Romero – poet
Day Al-Mohamed – writer and senior adviser, US Dept. of Labor
Miss Persia and Daddie$ Plastik – musicians/performance artists
Sapna Kumar – comedian
Nick Mwaluko – playwright and journalist
Van Binfa – cartoonist
Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler – documentarian and social entrepreneur
Kiam Marcelo Junio – visual and performance artist
J Mase III – poet
Toasted Marshmallows – documentarians
Karinda Dobbins – comedian
Juba Kalamka – musician
Cherry Galette – dancer and burlesque performer
Lexi Adsit – student organizer
Totally Radical Muslims – zine editors
Manish Vaidya – artistic director of Peacock Rebellion
Mimi Thi Nguyen – zinester and academic
Miyuki Baker – zinester and global traveler
Mattie Brice – game designer and critic
Amir Rabiyah – poet
Mia Mingus – writer and disability activist
Nina Malaya – editor at Biyuti Publishing
Kiley May – filmmaker and journalist
Tina Takemoto – performance and video artist

“These Are The Breaks” is the name of an early hip-hop song by Kurtis Blow.

These Are The Breaks will address the exhibition’s theme by exploring the relationship between individual queer artist and community, and by using technology to put queer artists in conversation with each other who may or may not actually be in conversation in real life. It will reflect the political and cultural climate of our times by exploring challenges queer artists of color, many of whom are working-class, encounter in struggling to not only survive, but continue making art in times of economic austerity.