Moonshine Moanin’

“no time to marry, no time to settle down;
i'm a young woman, and i ain't done runnin' around.”
Bessie Smith

Moonshine Moanin’ is an exploration of identity and queerness as it relates to my upbringing in the South. In researching black queer jazz singers from the 1920s and 1930s, I connected to the boldness of figures like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith who spoke openly and impenitently about their queerness in their work. Moonshine Moanin' uses this lens, to create a space for meditating on these figures and the experience of being black and queer in a time when both identities faced scrutiny.

Moonshine Moanin’ is funded by The Ellies, Miami’s visual arts awards, presented by ArtCenter/South Florida.

Comin’ and Goin’ (2018)
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