Photo by  Stephanie Jensen

ARTIST STATEMENT

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

BIOGRAPHY

Kiam Marcelo Junio is a licensed massage therapist, holistic healer and interdisciplinary artist. Their research and embodied practice investigate the mercurial qualities of queer identities, creation myths, Philippine history, diasporic studies, and methods of personal+collective healing.

As a US Navy veteran, Kiam served during Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom and the era of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. They earned their BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and are currently studying in the Doctor of Acupuncture Program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.

Kiam has exhibited, performed, and shared their work at Chicago Artists Coalition, Heaven Gallery, Roots & Culture, Defibrillator, Links Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art, Hyde Park Art Center, the Field Museum, and in solo and group exhibitions throughout New York City, Mexico City, London, Montreal, and Cadiz.

Kiam owns and operates MAHAL Healing Arts, an entrepreneurial platform providing personalized healing services and handcrafted self-love potions, helping cultivate and promote self-knowledge, self-love, and self-expression.