Kin Streets is a photographic public art project in Market St in San Francisco that honors and celebrates transhistorical kinship, tenderness, resilience, the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the 54th Anniversary Compton's Cafeteria Riots.
The project consists of photographing queer folks from the past -invited from local photo archives- with queers from the present in a multitude of locations in the Bay Area. This project is a way of honoring the queer folks who walked the streets we now walk in, and to celebrate the work we are all doing to keep this city at its queerest, specially in this moment in time; in the midst of a poorly managed health crisis due to COVID-19 and racial uprisings against police brutality.
Kin Streets borrows images from queer local archives such as the GLBT Historical Society, and more specifically from the Crawford Wayne Barton and the Elaine Gay Jarvis Papers from the largest public collections featuring pride celebrations and protests taking place on Market St. throughout the years. These borrowed images have been cropped, printed live-size and rephotographed alongside numerous LGBTQIA+ folks currently living in the Bay Area. The chosen images highlight gestures of care, intergenerational connection and support, as well as inclusive queer representation. Priority were given to images that were taken on Market and Castro St during past pride protests.
This project is part of Art on Market Street organized by the San Francisco Arts Commission and it will be displayed in bus shelters along Market St. in October and November 2020.
This public art project is an opportunity to celebrate LGBTQIA+ community in the Bay Area and to explore this exhibition outdoors. Do you like the work? Want to collaborate? Hit us up!
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Juli Delgado Lopera - Artist
Juan Carlos Rodríguez Rivera - Designer and Educator
Vertel Jackson - Visual Artist, Lover of all creatures breathing, math enthusiast and visionary
Matti Bautista - Goddexx***
Jessi Lorraine - Tía borracha, glitter queer, moon dancer
Suzu - chachki diva, r&b songstress dictionary, puppy gunkle, forever queer
Mireya Aguilar - Human, listener, forever queer
Felipe Garcia Jr. - bar mamá and __________
Jordanne Ho-Shue - Caribbean queen, fashion icon, alternative thinker, forever queer
Nicole Santamaria - Art Therapist
SissySlays - the indigecunt
Jocquesé "Sir JoQ" Whitfield - SF Native, Creator of Vogue & Tone, The Voguer of San Francisco
Black Betty - Haus of Towers, Fashun Fag, Artist
Ismael Fofana - Performance Artist
Janpistar - Artista , Bailarín , Performer y DragQueen
Alex Locust - Counselor, Organizer, Glamputee
Andrew Lopez - Human Resources Innovator, Public Health Advocate, Sex Liberator
Aria Sa’id - The Transgender Disctrict
Janelle Luster - The Transgender Disctrict
Spring Collins - The Transgender Disctrict
Laura Perlin - Tarot reader and ritualist
Cayenne - Faerie
Frida Ibarra - trans-chicana música
Shannon Amitin -LGBTQ Activist and Small Business Advocate
Levi Maxwell - Disco Sensation, Performer, Queer Nighlife Activist, Homeless Youth Advocate and Lecturer of Race, History and Culture
Fiera Ferrari - Dj, Artist, Organizer
BashBabyBlue - Artist
Leila Weefur - Artist and Film Fag
Kat Trataris - Artis, Advocate
The Stud Collective: Mica Sigourney/VivvyAnne ForeverMore, Maria Davis, Rachel Ryan, Bernie, Tara, David Schnur, Marke Bieschke, Houston Gilbert, Neven Raja Samara
More coming soon!