Bryant Park Shoeshine, 2016
42nd Street and 5th Avenue, Manhattan, New York City
For this participatory public performance, I bought a pair of all-white Air Force 1's and received a shoeshine at the stand on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan. The work embeds itself in the practice of shoe-shining to explore it's material and metaphorical qualities, and it's relationship to aspects of identity, power, and labor.
Trans Boxing is an ongoing co-authored art project in the form of a boxing club that centers the participation of trans and gender variant people. The project has serves as platform for community- building, education, and mentorship– primarily through training, workshops, and conversation. Trans Boxing has facilitated classes and workshops in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, New Orleans, Seattle, and Cincinnati. The project shifts in response to context, and conditions and continuously re-imagines possibilities for social engagement.
For more information, visit: www.transboxing.org