The role of the artist, the magician, the prophet, and each individual, is to bring about change in the world through one's own personal transformations, revolutions, and revelations.
As an artist who is also a person of color, Asian American, Filipino immigrant, US Navy veteran, gender-fluid, and decidedly queer, my work exists within these contexts but is not bound by them. I use a multidisciplinary approach in my research and art making. I develop a conceptual ecosystem in which my works function in myriad ways, informing one another. I create photos, installations, videos, and performances. I work collaboratively with local artists, dancers, musicians, and organizers. I foster relationships within my communities, and relish in our blossoming. By working with others, we come to know and become more ourselves.
I look towards the future and feel its inertia - the momentum that propels us into infinite uncharted moments, carrying the past forward.
- Kiam Marcelo Junio
Kiam Marcelo Junio is a holistic healer and interdisciplinary artist. Their work centers around queering identities, Philippine history, creation myths, and personal+collective healing through collaborative practices and inner shadow work. As a healer, Kiam creates handcrafted self-love potions and provides personalized aromatherapy, Asian bodywork, holistic life coaching services through MAHAL Healing Arts. Kiam served seven years in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. They received their BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013 and are currently a student in the Doctor of Acupuncture Program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Their work has been exhibited, screened, and performed in New York City, Mexico City, London, Montreal, Cadiz and throughout Chicago at Boyfriends, Roots & Culture, Defibrillator, Links Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art, Hyde Park Art Center, and the Field Museum. They were born in the Philippines, and have lived in the U.S., Japan, and Spain.