My project!

Visibly Queer: Exploring the Intersections of Art and Activism 
Morocco, Netherlands, Argentina, Singapore, Australia, South Korea, India
Making art is a way to physically merge visual cultures together, and to call people into action. In queer communities around the world, art – whatever the form may be – film, dance, poetry, painting, is being created in large numbers in an effort to increase visibility, combat homophobia and achieve equal rights. My Watson year will explore the art making of queer communities in seven countries. Why is a certain media of artistic expression chosen over another, and are these decisions enhanced or altered by the social and political environments or historical traditions of a country? By engaging in cultural intersections, I hope to learn the implications of being visibly queer.

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About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art. The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip (queerscribe.com) and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills. Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. This fall she will begin the PhD program at UC Berkeley in Performance Studies. You can follow her travels at heymiyuki.wordpress.com and email her at heymiyuki@gmail.com

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