Anja Matthes

Photographer/Videographer/Visual Storyteller
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Nationality: European
Biography: Anja Matthes is an award-winning documentary photographer, videographer, and visual storyteller based in New York City. Over the past seven years, Matthes has focused her personal work on LGBTQ youth of color. Matthes has exhibited projects about... read on
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Jun 25, 2019 I am excited to share some photographs from my ongoing project documenting New York City’s Kiki ballroom scene, a community organized by L.G.B.T.Q.+ youth of color that provides an alternative to high-risk behaviors, as well as a support system for a group that is frequently a target of violence, racism, and homophobia. Today there are approximately thirteen active Kiki “houses” in New York City. A house often functions as a surrogate family for youth who were abandoned by their parents, collectively empowering and educating its members.

Like many marginalized communities, members of New York’s Kiki ballroom scene have created their own lingo, which some sociologists describe as “gaybonics.” With that in mind, the captions will also reflect the Kiki community’s unique language—slang and phrases members use to express themselves, and to express love for one another.

 New Yorker Photo on Instagram: “Here, at a rented Airbnb, Poppie, a member of the House of Juicy Couture takes a break to share a tender moment with his then boyfriend.…”
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