based in Brooklyn, NY
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Anja Matthes grew up in Europe. At 13, she began work as a model. On one of her earlier editorial photo shoots in Cape Town, she wandered from the shoot with camera in hand and stumbled upon a...
“Out-Sight-In In-Sight-Out” examines gender, identity and sexuality through a collaboration between documentary photographer/ filmmaker Anja Matthes and June, a transgender homeless teenager. For this project, Matthes visited community centers in New York City, meeting teenagers with whom she collaborated on photographs. It was in one of these centers where she met June.
June drifts in and out of homeless shelters, struggling just to get by in New York City. She engages in survival sex in exchange for money to pay for food and daily expenses, but looks toward the future when she can save enough money for the operations that will make her comfortable in her own skin. Matthes bonded with June and the two embarked on a project that would capture June’s quest for self-identity and independence.
Gender and identity are complicated and deeply personal issues. Matthes’ collaboration with June exposes the intricacies of a story that is seldom discussed, but plagues many homeless youth. Matthes’ ability to draw out an honest voice in interviews stems from her work as a documentary filmmaker and is used to great effect in the depiction of June’s life. Matthes tells a story of one individual’s journey to find herself that encourages empathy in the viewer.
This is @Anja_Matthes collaborating with Rose who is writing her own story for this Visura’s IG takeover. I met Rose almost four years ago. During this first summer Rose was not allowed to leave her parents house because of her drug addictions which eventually spinn out of control when Rose starts using heroin.
Jayden: "Over a month ago I was kicked out by my mother after I helped her. It botherd me alot because ima Ginuwine person I feel she doesn't belive in me till it's too late........but I did learn you are here to become a better version of ya parents."
Shanece dreams of being a musician: "My left arm resembles my family, my neck is for my grandmother...her name was Annette McDonald. My right arm is who I am, I love music and entertainment." #classified_marshon
I am exited to be sharing wall space at Rayko Gallery with Mariette Pathy Allen and Jamil Hellu celebrating Gay Pride! Opening night June 25th-July 31st, 2015
The House Bangy Cunts is an ongoing project that visually explores the underground New York City Kiki Ballroom scene, a community organized by LGBTQ youth of color, which provides an alternative to high-risk behaviors, as well as a support system for a marginalized group that is frequently a target of violence, homelessness, racism, and homophobia. http://raykophotocenter.com/upcoming-show/
ARTIST PRESENTATION & ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION "THE HOUSE OF BANGY CUNTS: KIKI BALLROOM IN NEW YORK CITY" Anja Matthes
Followed by roundtable discussion with Grahame Perry, Mike Hickey (Shanti Project), and Jorge Hernandez (Health Educator and Public Coordinator, La Clinica de la Raza).
A photo-documentary project about the underground Kiki Ballroom scene in New York City, focusing on The House of Bangy Cunts. This event is part of the Long-Term Survivor Project, an exhibition and public programming series addressing the implications of HIV survivorship in our society.