1️⃣ Tourmaline (she/hers) @tourmaliiine
"Tourmaline has charted a polymathic path as an artist, activist, and cultural producer who contributes to the social, political, and creative vitality of Black queer and trans life. Tourmaline has grown into a practice of “re-membering” historical narratives that bridges fact with speculative fiction in order to fill in gaps and silences in the archive. “Each film is a meditation and spiritual altar placement for those before me who have allowed me to be who I am”. Through her own radical world-making, Tourmaline invites us into the lives of people who practiced fierce self-determination in the shadow of white supremacist violence. She brings us their voices—and hands down their survival strategies—as reminders that we, too, can become anything we want to be. (Source: ArtNews interview by Kiyan Williams)
👉🏾 Check out two of her artworks in the permanent collection at The Met Museum which will be displayed for two years in their exhibition titled, "Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room" 🧑🏿🚀
2️⃣ LJ Roberts (they/them) @atelier.lj
"LJ Roberts is a visual artist and writer who creates large-scale textile installations, embroideries, artist books, and collages. Their work investigates overlaps of queer and trans politics, activism, protest, and craft. LJ also maintains a critical writing practice that bridges craft and queer theory. (Source: https://www.ljroberts.net)
👉🏾 Check out their exhibit — "Carry You With Me: Ten Years of Portraits" — at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY thru Nov 28! 🧵
3️⃣ Zanele Muholi (they/them) @muholizanele
"Muholi is a South African visual activist and photographer documenting black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people’s lives in various townships in South Africa. Their self-proclaimed mission is 'to re-write a black queer and trans visual history of South Africa for the world to know of our resistance and existence at the height of hate crimes in SA and beyond.' Muholi hopes to offset the stigma and negativity attached to queer identity in African society with positive imagery." (Source: Muholi's bio on yanceyrichardson.com
👉🏾 View their photographs by appointment at Tate Modern or check out their contribution to @tatestives ongoing exhibit "Modern Bodies: Barbara Hepworth".
4️⃣ Cassils (they/them) @cassilsartist
"Cassils is a transgender visual artist who uses performance as a form of social sculpture; Cassils powerfully trains their body for different performative purposes, committing to a process of extreme physical and psychological endurance. By positioning their body as a battleground, it is with sweat, blood, and sinew that Cassils shares experiences for contemplating histories of violence, representation, struggle, and survival." (Source: homemcr.org)
👉🏾 Check out their first solo show — "Human Measure" — at @homemcr in Manchester, UK thru Dec 12 🔥
5️⃣ Nicki Green (she/her) @nickigreenstudio
"Nicki is a transdisciplinary artist working primarily in clay. Her sculptures, ritual objects and various flat works explore topics of history preservation, conceptual ornamentation and the aesthetics of otherness." (Source: https://www.nickigreen.org)
👉🏾 Now thru Jan 2, 2022, "Omniscent: Queer Documentation in an Image Culture" @leslielohmanmuseum. Now thru Jan 30, 2022, "New Time: Art and Feminisms in the 21st Century" @bampfa. Plus check nickigreen.org for more exhibitions!