2013 Video documentation of performance art Duration: 5 min. Courtesy of the artist
Kiam Marcelo Junio
Kiam Marcelo Junio is a multidisciplinary artist living in Chicago, IL. He works in multiple media, including photography, video, printmaking, installation, burlesque, and performance art. His research and artwork center around queer identities, the Filipino American diaspora, post-colonialist Asian American tropes and stereotypes, and military and civilian power dynamics. Jerry Blossom is Kiam’s alter-ego, a genderqueer Filipino femme-presenting persona who hails from an alternate post-queer, post-colonialist utopia. Kiam served seven years in the US Navy. He was born in the Philippines and has lived in the US, Japan, and Spain. He is also a registered Yoga teacher.
I am, among many things, a Filipino immigrant, a U.S. Navy veteran, an Asian American, a male-bodied, gender-non conforming, queer artist. My work explores the intersections between these identities and the fluid borders in between. My research into queer theory, Western colonialism, and occupations throughout Asian and Filipino history guide and inform my interdisciplinary art practice. I believe in creating a conceptual ecosystem in which my works function in myriad ways and inform one another. The pieces I make through screenprinting, garment design, and sculpture transform from art objects into charged, performative tools which I use in videos, staged photography, and live performances.
- Born: Quezon City, Philippines
- Based: Chicago, IL, USA