Monumental Resistance: Stonewall - work in progress
20 Second Clip of a 2 minute 45 second time-lapse video, premiering June 2019 for the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots
Monumental Resistance: Stonewall is a performance, photography, and time-lapse video piece created during the 2018 NYC Pride Celebration in collaboration with my partner, Sarah Van Dyck.
In 15-second increments, we created over 3,500 images between midnight Friday and midnight Saturday as I stood in place before the Stonewall National Monument, commonly regarded as the birthplace of the American LGBT Civil Rights Movement. With my visibly genderqueer body exposed to the waist, I stood as a tribute to the transgender women of color who catalyzed the Stonewall Uprising of 1969, yet have largely been excluded from the ensuing civil rights advances. This durational piece represents standing for something that which has been hard won, fought for, died for, cherished. In community with the thousands of queer people who visited Stonewall during Pride, I experienced and shared the remembrance, joy, and hope needed to continue resisting efforts by the current administration to roll back Federal-level civil rights protections for transgender Americans. The video and still images will be released in time for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in June 2019.