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Queer and Now I See You, Baby

Andy Warhol Ladies and Gentlemen (Marsha P. Johnson) 1975
Italian private collection © 2020 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Licensed by DACS, London

Join KUCHENGA and Mzz Kimberley as they consider why it's essential to make Black, trans women visible in our galleries

Black, trans, feminist writer KUCHENGA will be joined by cabaret artist Mzz Kimberley from inside the Andy Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern. Together, they’ll consider the impact of seeing women like themselves depicted in Warhol’s Ladies and Gentlemen series.

Mzz Kimberley will reflect on her friendship with the artist and the impact New York’s queer scene in the 70s had on her own artistic development.

Trans members of the audience will also have the chance to write their own lives into transcestry, by donating their story to the Museum of Transology's queer, trans, Black, and indigenous people of color (QTIBIPOC) collection.

Biographies

Portrait of KUCHENGA wearing a pink spotted dress laughing at an event

KUCHENGA (she/her)

KUCHENGA is a writer, journalist and avid reader of Black women’s literature as a matter of survival.  Her Black, transsexual, feminist work seeks to cleave souls open with truth and sincerity.  She’s writing a novel about a young, Black trans girl from North London whose triumphant journey takes her down a path of sexual scandal, substance abuse and a mission to prove the Jamaican family legend that she’s a descendant of Admiral Horatio Nelson. 

Twitter @kuchengcheng
Instagram @KUCHENGA

Mzz Kimberley (she/her)

Portrait of Mzz Kimberley in a bright pink satin dress, holding a light pink fur coat

© James Pemberton

Mzz Kimberley is an award-winning stage and cabaret performer. She founded Mzz Kimberley’s LIFE to amplify trans performers across the entertainment industry. 

Her powerful voice entertains audiences with jazz, soul, musical theatre and gospel from London to New York. She’s on the UK’s 2020 LGBT Power List and is the first trans woman to present the LGBTQ+ Champion prize at the Black British Theatre Awards. 

Twitter @mzzkimberley and @MzzK_LIFE
Instagram @mzzkimberley

Museum of Transology 

Logo: Museum of Transology written on a brown swing tag

The Museum of Transology (MoT) is the world’s most significant collection of material culture surrounding trans, non-binary and intersex lives.  It aims to halt the erasure of trans lives from history, to tackle the misrepresentation of trans people in the political sphere, and to combat the spectacularization of trans bodies and experiences by the mainstream media. 

The MoT’s QTIBIPOC collection will ensure black trans lives aren’t whitewashed from queer history. 

Twitter @MoTransology 
Instagram @museumoftransology

Online Event

This event will take place via zoom

A live recording will be made for the Museum of Transology’s archive at the Bishopsgate Institute, London

Date & Time

17 September 2020 at 19.30–20.30

ACCESSIBILITY

During this event there will be:

  • BSL interpreter on screen, you can pin the view of the interpreter to enlarge them on the screen
  • Live-captioning
  • Audio descriptions, including in-text captioning for all artworks featured

A full transcript of the conversation will be made available on the event page after the event.

The use of different acronyms and language with reference to identity throughout this programme express the personal wishes of each individual or group involved in the  Queer and Now  festival.

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