Artist Statement

How is the City your studio? "Since moving to Chicago in 2011, I’ve grown to love the communities that I engage in, feel nurtured by and protective of.  Chicago provides the landscape to grow and nurture ideas and make connections with others.  The art events and queer dance parties, walks in the park, dancing at Hollywood Beach, joining the marches and rallies downtown for Palestine and Black Lives Matter, these are all part of life, art, work, and feeling a collective sense of identity and power. I’m glad to be in a city where these connections happen so organically and can grow exponentially."

Featured Artist Portrait by Joe Mazza | Brave Lux Chicago

Media
My work is multidisciplinary and takes form as photography, video, installation, sculpture, drag and butoh performance.  My work is influenced by history, mythology, queer identities and communities. Visually, I take a minimalist approach to investigating grand questions, focusing on detail, metaphor, and intentionality of movement and material.  I use a lot of flowing, translucent, and shiny fabrics, mirrors, and organic objects such as rice, dirt, flowers, and branches. 
Inspiration
The inimitable poetry of every moment, yoga, love, sex, anger, desire, utopia, diss-illusion, humanity, tragedy, death, mourning, love, friendship, queerness, community, comedy, family, culture, history as we remember it, history as we are told, her story, mythologies, the power of intention, the intention of power, creating new worlds for the pure necessity of it, the people and the world around me and within me, love.
What's Next?
I recently collaborated with Inside the Artists Kitchen to produce Filipino Fusions, a web show in which my drag alter ego Jerry Blossom makes vegan Filipino food.  We are now publishing and selling an edition of artist cookbooks with recipes, essays, poetry, and contributions from other artists.  I’m also making a new photographic body of work called Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace), which I consider as memorials to the many lives unfairly lost during these recent times. I’m planning a performance and gallery event in 2016 with ACRE Residency as part of my Links Hall Performance Scholarship. 
Bio
Kiam Marcelo Junio (preferred gender pronoun: "they/their/them”) is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist creating work through photography, video, installation, performance, and hybrid forms. Their research and art practice centers around queer identities, Philippine history and the Filipino diaspora, American imperialism, the politics of visibility, and social justice through collaborative processes and healing modalities. Kiam served seven years in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman.  They were born in the Philippines, and have lived in the U.S., Japan, and Spain.