The Queer Creative

Jonah Kilday & Renessa Ciampa

A podcast discussion about everything queer and creative. Hosts Renessa and Jonah talk with guests across creative industries about their creative process, life, love, struggles, and hustle. Join the kiki every Wednesday!Follow us on Instagram @thequeercreativepodcast, Twitter @creativequeer, and visit our website at www.thequeercreative.com. read less
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Season 4 Premier! Rafael Albarrán & Kerry Michelle O'Brien: Lupe
May 5 2021
Season 4 Premier! Rafael Albarrán & Kerry Michelle O'Brien: Lupe
We're baaaaaaaack for a fourth season! Jonah and Renessa catch up after a hiatus from the pod and discuss getting hairier as we age, becoming plant parents and home owners, and continued momentum in the Black Lives Matter movement. Our guests this week are Rafael Albarrán and Kerry Michelle O’Brien, both from the new film Lupe (HBO Max), which is about a Cuban immigrant who struggles with their transgender identity while searching for their missing sister in New York City’s underground sex industry. Rafael is a Puerto Rican actor and writer trained at The New School for Drama MFA Acting program, who plays the lead in the film, and Kerry Michelle was the Executive Producer, who has been an active member of the film industry for over 30 years across Europe and North America. We hear all about the process and experience of being involved in this film and how it impacted each of them personally in their own journeys, Rafael's acting career and poetry, the topic of cis actors playing trans roles, and Kerry Michelle's history from film school in the 80s to editing music videos and being a producer and activist. Show links:Boston-based Boston Black Lives Matter and anti-police violence or abolitionist groups on Instagram:@ffcof2020@ftpboston@bostonpsl@maapb617@surjboston@blmboston@blackatbpsWatch Lupe: https://www.hbomax.com/feature/urn:hbo:feature:GX_TRaARFgsM6gQEAAABcFollow Lupe on Instagram: @lupe.filmFollow Kerry Michelle:Instagram: @kerry.michelle.o Linkedin: KM O’BrienIMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm11101939/Follow Rafael: Instagram:@Rafael.albarran_ IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3555611/Music by Jason Rivera and vocals by Renessa CiampaFollow us on Instagram @thequeercreativepodcast and on Twitter @creativequeer
Season 3 Finale: Goodbye 2020! with SHIKEITH
Dec 23 2020
Season 3 Finale: Goodbye 2020! with SHIKEITH
We're excited to say good riddance to 2020, and even more excited for our Season 3 finale guest, Shikeith!!! Shikeith is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work investigates the experiences of black men within and around concepts of psychic space. His work has recently been featured in solo exhibitions including the Alexander Brest Museum & Gallery, Jacksonville University, Locust Projects in Miami, FL, Atlanta Contemporary, and The Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art in Pittsburgh, and his films have been shown at Moma in NYC. He received a 2019 Painters & Sculptors Grant from The Joan Mitchell Foundation, the 2020 Art Matters Foundation Grant, is a recipient of the 2020 – 2021 Leslie Lohman Museum Artist Fellowship. A Philly native, Shikeith currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA, and joins us today from his artist residency at Fountainhead in Miami, FL. We learn more about the deep and intentional symbolism and meaning behind his work and the materials that go into his work, the themes and intersections of blackness, masculinity, and queerness, we discuss specific installations, photographs, and films, and hear about his upcoming exhibitions! (see show links below)Thank you for listening to The Queer Creative in 2020. We hope you've enjoyed listening, and hope you will leave us a rating and review! We thank you for your support! Check us out on Instagram @TheQueerCreativePodcast, on Twitter @CreativeQueer, and on YouTube by searching The Queer Creative. SHOW LINKS:Shikeith's website: https://shikeith.comTwitter: @shikeithism / https://twitter.com/shikeithism"Feeling the Spirit in the Dark" exhibition at The Mattress Factory: https://mattress.org/works/feeling-the-spirit-in-the-dark/Stream Shikeith's latest film, "A Drop of Sun Under the Earth," on the Criterion Collection: https://www.criterionchannel.com/a-drop-of-sun-under-the-earth
AYUMI HORIE: Functional Art
Oct 1 2020
AYUMI HORIE: Functional Art
Jonah and Renessa briefly express their current rage at the state of the U.S. system and politics, and then to lighten the mood, chat about the new show Ratched! Our very exciting guest this week is Ayumi Horie, a potter artist from Portland, Maine who believes that the best handmade pottery encourages connections between people and makes daily life better. She received a Distinguished Fellow grant in Craft by the United States Artists and is the first recipient of Ceramics Monthly’s Ceramic Artist of the Year award. In 2020, she was awarded an Honorary Member at National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts for “outstanding contribution” to the field. She also organized Obamaware, a fundraiser involving the work of nationally known ceramic artists who made Obama-themed work, which raised funds for the Obama/Biden campaign. Ayumi is currently on the board of the American Craft Council and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and her work is in various collections throughout the US. We talk with Ayumi about pottery as functional art, her Japanse background, family (and redefining family), and social media.Show links:https://ayumihorie.comInstagram: https://instagram.com/ayumihorieFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ayumi.Horie.PotteryPots in Action: https://www.instagram.com/potsinaction/The Democratic Cup: https://www.instagram.com/thedemocraticcup/Portland Brick: https://www.instagram.com/portlandbrick/Slay Queens Podcast: Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/slay-queens-podcast/id1487393379 / Google https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9mYjdhZTFjL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz
LEILAH BABIRYE: Art as Activism
Sep 16 2020
LEILAH BABIRYE: Art as Activism
This episode is dedicated to Justin A.L. Waithe, a fellow Queer Creative, talented singer and vocal arranger, fashion stylist, shining star, bright ray of sunshine, and dear friend. Rest in peace, beauty, and in song, Justin. We love you. —Jonah & RenessaAfter taking a week off from the pod to say goodbye to our old friend and reflect, we're back with a packed episode. Jonah shares his story of meeting Chadwick Boseman at Sway's, and we play the clip of Chadwick answering Jonah’s question! Our guest this week is Leilah Babirye, a multidisciplinary artist and abstract sculptor living in NYC who transforms everyday materials into objects that address issues surrounding identity, sexuality, and human rights. She studied art at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, where she fled from in 2015 after being outed as gay. She was granted asylum in 2018 with support from the African Services Committee and the NYC Anti-Violence Project, and participated in the Fire Island Artist Residency. Her artwork has been gaining recognition and has been shown in prestigious galleries and museums, including the Parker Gallery and the Gordon Robichaux galleries. We talk with Leilah about the materials and themes in her art, her long and courageous journey from Uganda to the U.S., politics and activism, and we learn about some resources for artists as well as those seeking asylum support in the states. Leilah is an absolute inspiration to us.Show links:Justin Waithe: A Celebration of Life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIs44_8zcw4Jonah asking Chadwick Boseman a question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsTitt-VDuU&feature=youtu.be&t=2295Leilah’s work at Gordon Robichaux gallery: http://www.gordonrobichaux.com/leilah.babirye.htmlFollow Leilah on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/babiryesculptor/?hl=enLeilah’s work in Art on the Grid is on display through September 20, 2020 around NYC: https://www.publicartfund.org/exhibitions/view/art-on-the-grid-july27/African Services Committee: http://www.africanservices.orgQueer Detainee Empowerment Project: http://www.qdep.orgBlack Alliance for Just Immigration: http://baji.orgAnti Violence Project: https://avp.orgLGBT Asylum: instagram.com/lgbtasylumtfFire Island Artist Residency: http://www.fireislandartistresidency.orgArt Omi Residency: https://artomi.org/residenciesRainbow Riots album: https://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/36518/1/lgbtq-artists-making-music-where-its-dangerous-to-be-gayGay WAP dance video (Created by: Nicole Kirkland & Mac Daddyy): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYxWqRhpRz4
MARCOS CHIN: Sharing the Process
Aug 27 2020
MARCOS CHIN: Sharing the Process
Jonah and Renessa catch up about life, work, and the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. BLACK LIVES MATTER. DEFUND THE POLICE. NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE. SPEAK UP AND VOTE.Our guest today is Marcos Chin, an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared as surface and wall designs, on book and CD covers, advertisements, fashion catalogs, and magazines. He has worked with clients such as MTA Arts for Transit, Neiman Marcus, Fiat, Budweiser, Time, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, GQ, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times. Marcos has given lectures and workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad, and currently lives in New York where he teaches Illustration at the School of Visual Arts. We heard about his work during the pandemic, his creative heroes and passion for writing fan letters, his Canadian and African roots, participating in the #BlackLivesMatter movement and what Pride meant for him this year, how he started getting big clients and being published, his experience with artist agents, his personal artwork, sharing his process and queerness on social media, teaching at SVA, and (bonus) his first time seeing a vagina!Stay tuned after the interview for a new installment of Qmmunity Updates, where we highlight queer companies and creators! If you would like to submit yourself for an upcoming episode, send Jonah an email at info@thequeercreative.com with the subject line “Qmmunity Updates” and he’ll get back to you as soon as possible.Show links:http://www.marcoschin.comhttps://www.instagram.com/marcoschinart/https://twitter.com/marcoschinarthttps://www.facebook.com/marcoschinWhat Does Pride Mean Now? article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/16/arts/author-gay-pride-2020.htmlQmmunity Updates links:hillsandholler.com / Insta: @hillsandhollerevanjpeterson.com / Twitter: @evanjpeterson / Insta: @evan.j.petersongayprideapparel.com / Insta: @gayprideapparel / Twitter: @GayPrideApp
TANA WOJCZUK: Lady Romeo
Jul 15 2020
TANA WOJCZUK: Lady Romeo
Today we discuss how NOT to store keepsake infant bellybuttons, the ignorance of non-mask-wearing Americans, and the fabulous queer shows Betty, Euphoria, We’re Here, Legendary, and Gentleman Jack.  Our wonderful guest is writer Tana Wojczuk, author of the new book, Lady Romeo: The Radical and Revolutionary Life of Charlotte Cushman, America's First Celebrity. It’s an enthralling biography of 19th-century queer actress Charlotte Cushman, and portrays her radical lifestyle that made headlines across America. We LOVED this book and really enjoyed hearing all about Tana’s extensive research process and dedication to telling Cushman’s story with such love. INTERVIEW BEGINS AT 00:21:56Episode links:Tana’s website: https://tanawojczuk.comBook events: https://tanawojczuk.com/events/Buy Lady Romeo: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Lady-Romeo/Tana-Wojczuk/9781501199523Tana on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TanaWojczukTana on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/twojczukQmmunity Updates links:Kenyth: @KenythOfficial / https://li.sten.to/vVOmzZCLynn Casper: @LynnCasper / Homoground website: www.homoground.com / Patreon: www.patreon.com/join/homoground / Lynn's podcast consulting site: www.podcastivist.comFurillostar: https://linktr.ee/Furillostar; @furillostarMusic credits:Queer Culture segment music by Jason RiveraInterview song: “Savage” by Megan Thee StallionQmmunity Updates song: “Txt’n Me” by Furillostar*************************************THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO THE QUEER CREATIVE!Check us out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/2-oEx_BGDHoFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thequeercreativepodcastFollow Jonah on Twitter: https://twitter.com/creativequeer