Authority Collective

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Biography: The Authority Collective is a group of womxn, femmes, trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people of color reclaiming their authority in the photography, film and VR/AR industries. Our mission is to empower marginalized artists with... read on
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Presenting at Photoville LA: Parallax Exhibition curated by Mengwen Cao & Tara Pixley
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Apr 6, 2019
Presented by Authority Collective and curated by Mengwen Cao & Tara Pixley—Parallax is a series of photographic and filmic portraits of queer people of color grows from a simple inquiry, a desire to envision the theoretical as material: What is queer? What experiences and bodies are obscured by certain notions of queerness writ large in the cultural imagination?

To “queer” has gradually become an academic catchphrase, a call-to-arms and an intervention intended to destabilize normalcy. “Queer” is many things to many people across various contexts. As such, the queer lived experience is beyond blurred. It now signals intersections of gender, sexuality, race, (dis)ability and various other modes of being. Yet, certain racial and gendered embodiments have achieved their own level of “normalcy,” rewriting what LGBTQIA is in their own image, adjusting the social lens to keep themselves primarily in focus.

A parallax is the effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions. By portraying individuals who occupy the intersection of queer embodiment and blackness/brownness, who defy the accepted binaries of gender and sexuality, these portraits provide a rare, alternate view of the contemporary queer experience.


Featuring Artists: Mengwen Cao, Naima Green, Melinda James, Oriana Koren, Nancy M. Musunguzi, Tara Pixley, Charmaine Poh, Gabriel Garcia Roman, Tia Thompson, Ka-Man Tse, Brian Vu, Dana Washington, Justin J Wee, Elizabeth Wirija, Salgu Wissmath

Photoville LA will take place across consecutive weekends from April 26-28 and May 2-5, 2019 and will include nighttime projections, talks, workshops, family-friendly activities, and Photoville’s famous community beer garden.


 Parallax
Authority Collective presents queer artists of color who are re-visioning the lexicon that imagines the queer form: framing it as beautiful, strong, complex and multi-faceted.
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