Erected from the ghettos of Baltimore, Abdu Ali raps, sings, and chats over unorthodox and future sounds, creating music that's visceral, spiritual, and very real. From his energetic visceral performances, spiritualizing audiences as a cosmic, punk, and soulful tempest on stage to his work to transcend musical boundaries has put in him in genre categories along lines of afro-futurism to noise rap to "post-apocalyptic' sounding.
Championing Baltimore Club music in the fabric in most of his beats, through his work as a curator of Kahlon, think piece writings, and outspokenness via social media/interviews Ali, has been elected as a radical underground Baltimore music and cultural figure. Unapologetically black and queer, Abdu Ali is bold, raw, and most importantly life-affirming.
Abdu Ali has done several tours all over the US and released 4 music project with his latest mixtape MONGO making plenty of noise in the underground. He has shared the same stage with various artists like Big Freedia to MC Lyte to Venus x, performed at many colleges, has toured with Lower Dens in Fall 2015, and his work has been covered by Complex, AfroPunk, Saint Heron, Noisey, Impose Magazine, Stereogum, The Fader, and many more.
Star's interdisciplinary music project AH-Mer-AH-Su is based upon her experiences living loud and proud as a queer black transwoman. While her early work was influenced primarily by folk and choral music, she began experimenting with electronic indie pop and now creates layered indie poptronic. Star has performed 4 consecutive years at the San Francisco Pride Trans March and in 2015 performed for the first time at Oakland Pride. She has performed across the globe. Including Slut Island Fest in Montreal, La Mutinerie Paris and with Toronto's Long Winter.
Alli Logout is a filmmaker, performance artist and Total Twit from the middle of nowhere Texas and currently based in New Orleans. Logouts work stems deeply from their southern roots often focusing on perceived and projected identities as well as feelings of isolation as a Black southern queer. Logout often uses intimate subject matter as the central narrative to explore and how the media informs and shapes the perception of queer Black bodies and psyche. Currently Logout is in the pre production stages of a her new short film, working on music videos and fronting a No Wave band called Special Interest.
Andisa Montez is Bae. She is what you'd call a mover and a shaker- she does it all. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, She's carved her unique style into the city's creative and nightlife scenes. She creates, lives and documents. Her recent work includes hosting the live audience podcast by and for black/brown artists of color, Sweety's Radio. She is currently developing a solo program, <3 2 <3, to further discussions that focus on black femme experiences. When she is having fun (and especially with you) is when she's the most happy.
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Ashley Teamer returned home to New Orleans in 2013, where she was immersed in a performative and artistic community. In summer 2014 Ashley was accepted into Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. There, she began questioning her traditional painting practice and took her first step into video and performance. Inspired by this exploration Ashley created the persona, Drifter a mysterious and passionate man found in bars across New Orleans. In summer 2015 she attend ACRE residency in Wisconsin. An experiment with stop-motion animation inspired her to begin blurring the lines between painted and digital images.
"My work is a manifestation of black female liberation. In these images I transform WNBA players into super heroes searching outer space for a new home that recognizes their greatness, skill, and perseverance. These women finally able to liberate themselves from the hierarchies of Earth embracing their future while destroying their past. I view the restricted consciousness of my African-American existence through this landscape. Narratives by John Akomfrah and Octavia Butler have inspired me to create a world shaped by black excellence, freedom, and a carefree people through painting. I use time as a dimension in my work to expand the scope of the image. Transforming physical rectangles into portals to my alternate reality."
Ayqa Khan (b. New York, 1995) is a multidisciplinary artist. She completed her AAS from The Fashion Institute of Technology in 2015. Khan turns personal experiences into visual environments in order to explore questions of identity, religion, and culture. Khan has shown in venues across North America and Europe. Recent group exhibitions include "Welcome to what we took from is the state", Queens Museum, New York (2016) and has been featured in multiple publications including The Huffington Post and Buzzfeed.
Dyani Douze is a Brooklyn-based DJ and multimedia artist, working in sound art, music production, film editing, directing and curatorial projects.
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eduardo restrepo was born in Hospital San Juan de Dios in Armenia, Quindio. eduardo was raised between the ages of 0 to 14 by mother - Adriana Castão - as well as grandparents, aunts, and friends in the municipalities of Circasia and Quimbaya, moving with mom and sister on an average of two houses per year. At age 14 it was decided to bring eduardo and sister - Sofia Restrepo - to West Palm Beach, Florida, where father - Jhon Jaime Restrepo - had been residing for a year at apartment complex Tennis Towers. Three years later eduardo, now age 17, and Sofia, now age 19, moved further South to Tamarac, Florida to live with Sofia's boyfriend - Manuel Ruiz - whose house had a pool. While in Tamarac, eduardo assisted Broward College and began to make deliberate images with encouragement of professor and artist Teresa Diehl. After going to a portfolio review with several art education institutions, eduardo realized the opportunity to move North and took that chance ending up in Boston's School of the Museum of Fine Arts, which is located about 45 minutes away by bike from Mystic Lake. Recently, after living and working in Boston for four years, eduardo relocated to Bedford Stuyvesant in hopes to continue living and working deliberately.
David Antonio Cruz is a multidisciplinary New York-based artist. Cruz fuses video, costume construction, performance and painting to explore and redefine queerness, diasporic, psychological and ever shifting unnamed spaces. Cruz received his MFA from Yale University and his BFA from Pratt Institute. He attended Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture and the AIM program at the Bronx Museum. He is a recipient of a 2013 Franklin Furnace Fund and the Urban Artist Initiative Award in 2011. His work has been exhibited at El Museo del Barrio, Bronx Museum, Jersey City Museum, Museo de Puerto Rico and various galleries. Most recently at Lehmann Maupin, the Islip Museum of Art, and Performa 13. His films have been shown at the Big Screen Project, the Anthology Film Archives, Arte Americas, El Museum Del Barrio and various installations in Philadelphia, Chapel Hill and Miami. This summer his work will be part of the Portrait Now exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery. The artist works and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Born in 1994 and raised in West Palm Beach Florida, Gabbah Baya has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her upbringing as an Arab American in the United States informs her art through creating alternative narratives and immersive digital environments. As an interdisciplinary worker - using sound, video, and 3D animation - Gabbah Baya develops a world where multifaceted, sometimes contradictory, realities exist simultaneously. Drawing on issues of intersectionality, she forms hyperreal spaces to address gender, race, and international politics. Deconstructing hegemonic symbols, Gabbah Baya recontextualizes them in the visual vernacular of video games into new spatial, visual, and sonic realities. These realities ultimately critique U.S. perception of the Middle East, using technology to reassert agency and subvert narratives of social and political power.
Isaac Kariuki is a visual artist and writer residing in London and Nairobi. His work centres on cultural anxiety, internet culture, autonomy and identity. He is the founder and editor of Diaspora Drama, an almost biannual publication exploring creative people of colour with overarching themes of the internet and technology.
Isabel Alicia Baptista makes directories. Finding partnerships between research and the literary to the visual. By applying abstraction, Isabel Alicia creates intense personal moments created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, pulling the viewer into varying social spaces. Her paintings while produced through the artist's studio, reference found text, and known works to then produce 'translated' works. As if someone were to tell a joke, but omit the punchline from not having understood it themselves. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. Presently by investigating the English, French and Spanish language, the folklore of Paris and colonial Connecticut, she absorbs the tradition of remembrance and journalism into abstracted paintings and texts to be read to a public.
Recording artist, self-love enthusiast, fighter and activist Jay Boogie hailing from Brooklyn, East New York has taken Hip Hop by the pigtails. With two compilations under his belt and a European tour, Jay Boogie continues to serve us the soundtrack to a flamboyantly rugged and unapologetic lifestyle. At the close of 2015, Boogie dropped My H.O.E. - a free mixtape follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut album Allure. Boogie has several upcoming projects, including a Fall '16 European tour and North American College tour, along with the release of new singles and visuals that he describes as "blazing hip-hop and R&B with a splash of pop." Boogie has cultivated an organic and passionate fanbase through his intellect and self-awareness by living up to his lyrics and motto, "do you and I'll do me, then we can both be free."
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Maja Griffin is a performance artist and sculptor currently in the School of Art at Cooper Union. They were raised in Baltimore City, an urban America, where one's identity is constantly questioned in relationship to race, family/class, and/or sexuality. Their work uses formal devices to explore the experience of race/class/sexuality within their cultural upbringing. It becomes a self-portrait of a specific economic and social development speaking towards the idea of how one's sense of identity and place can flux.
Chicago native, New York transplant, and universal It Girl, Mister Wallace started their performance career with Punk/Rap Band Banjee Report in 2012. While exploring solo performance in 2013 Wallace began to develop a deeply personal body of work that speaks to the plight of those in polarized intersections between class, race, gender, and sexual orientation; most recently releasing a five track debut EP, FAGGOT (Futurehood, 2016). Since the worldwide release of the FAGGOT EP Mister Wallace has been on a FAGGOT WORLD TOUR, visiting cities like Ashville, NC, Toronto, ON, Atlanta, GA, and San Francisco, CA.
Mohini Hewa is an artist born & raised in France, of north african & south asian background (mother algerian/egyptian, father indian/bangladeshi). Autodidact, she dropped out after graduating high-school to focus on herself, fought off depression and find herself passionated with art. With her newly found will to live, she started working with other people and got featured in a couple zines. Visual art, rap, music producing, she is also part of the collective "Ochoboyz" which is a music project formed by a team of womxn from around the world Mohini Hewa is a multi-disciplinary artist who shares her vision of our society, and her culture.
Oscar Nñ is a NYC-based DJ and one of the folx behind Papi Juice. His sound is a curated blend of global and virtual urban genres with a prominent queer sensibility. Currently, Oscar Nñ is focused on developing his sonic identity, creating mixes and DJing around NYC, with plans to produce his own sounds in the near future.
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Quay Dash is a born in the BX Queen who is working on her upcoming EP Transphobic. She attacks the beats with her words and is out to win the Gold Medal. She is an MC reminiscent of Ny hip hop at it's prime and gives a modern yet vintage twist! a GLBTQ advocate and look slayer, you are not going to want to miss this!