E. Kairo Miles
Art and Change Grant
Neighborhood: West Philadelphia
Change Partner: Lonnie Grant
Kairo’s project is a mixed-media, photography, and installation-based exhibition that gives a detailed look into the experiences of trans people of color. As a trans-gender queer identified person of color, Kairo realized that often times their experiences were not included in conversations about trans identity because of their choice not to medically transition. Their project, “Ain’t I Man, Ain’t I A Woman: Living and Exploring the Intersections of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Divinity”, will chronicle the ways in which gender variant people of color build frameworks of gender, identity, and culture. Often times these experiences are marginalized and silenced within the world and the queer community. Utilizing the mediums of photography, audio recording, and installation art, Kairo sees this project as an opportunity to provide a forum for both their personal artwork as well as a platform for the community to share in education, personal healing, and growth.
Photo credit: Genevieve Coutroubis