by: Joe Varisco-JRV Majesty
Joe Varisco interviewed recent recipient of the Chances: Mark Aguhar Memorial Grant.
Kiam Marcelo Junio is a multidisciplinary artist living in Chicago, IL. He works in multiple media including photography, video, printmaking, installation, burlesque, and performance art. His research and art work centers around queer identities, the Filipino American diaspora, and post-colonialist Asian American tropes and stereotypes, and military and civilian power dynamics.
Jerry Blossom is Kiam’s alter-ego, a genderqueer Filipino male bodied femme-presenting persona, obsessed with assimilating into Western culture and beauty standards.
Kiam served seven years in the US Navy. He was born in the Philippines and has lived in the US, Japan, and Spain. He is also a registered Yoga teacher.
Junio is also a collective member of Subject To Change, Logan Squares premiere LGBTQueer dance party at the Burlington. They take fabulous photos, the most recent can be seen here, and you can follow his work at iamkiam.tumblr.com.