Wom(y)n with a Y


Kia LaBeija is a fine artist whose work explores themes of identity, space, memory, beauty and womanhood. Her work is composed of cinematic and vibrant autobiographical self-portraits, and live performance exploring the catharsis of Voguing.

Artist Bio

Taina Larot is an artist and creative producer whose belief that restrictions generate identity has empowered her to be a creative shapeshifter, bringing her visions into the world through any medium that calls to her.

Artist Bio

Wom(y)n with a Y is an ongoing body of work whose shape is as wild and untamable as the curves of a Womyn. This mixed media project explores an array of narratives, celebrating and archiving through the indigenous practice of storytelling. A visual odyssey, weaving in the interconnectedness of generations through colors, cries, and textures; all particles of matter that make up our tribe of Womyn.  A physical representation of the weight that binds us together. Wom(y)n with a Y is a play on the word Woman, suggesting that the Y serves as a question of one’s purpose.


Award Year
2019
Status

In Progress

Kia LaBeija

Los Angeles, CA | New York, NY

Kia LaBeija is a fine artist born and raised in the heart of New York City, Hell’s Kitchen. Her work explores themes of identity, space, memory, beauty and womanhood. Her current work is composed of cinematic and vibrant autobiographical self-portraits, and live performance exploring the catharsis of Voguing. 24, her critically acclaimed series, is a sociopolitical commentary on the effects of growing up with HIV. She’s presented work at The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Museum of The City of New York, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and The International Center for Photography. She’s been commissioned by W Magazine, Apple, i-d, and Triple Canopy. LaBeija is a world-renowned Voguer, dancer, performance artist, and Mother of the Iconic House of LaBeija. She played the title role of Dove in Band Pillar Point’s viral music video, and appeared as a Principal Dancer in Ryan Murphy’s Golden Globe nominated Ballroom Drama POSE. She was featured on the cover of Artforum’s January 2018 issue as one of very few women of color. LaBeija is a graduate of the New School University, where she holds a Degree in The Arts.

Photo credit: Taina Larot


Collaborator

Taina Larot is an artist and creative producer whose belief that restrictions generate identity has empowered her to be a creative shapeshifter, bringing her visions into the world through any medium that calls to her.

Taina Larot

Los Angeles, CA | New York, NY

Taina Larot is an artist and creative producer from the Bay Area, California. Her belief that restrictions generate identity has empowered her to be a creative shapeshifter, bringing her visions into the world through any medium that calls to her. Freestyle movement and visual representation through film, photography, and style play a major role in how she expresses her art. This fluidity has allowed her mediums to bleed into one another, leading to solo and collaborative projects. Most recently she appeared in Wu Tsang’s film Into a Space of Love, a collaboration between Gucci and Frieze Art Fair, Movement Research Festival’s Legible Illegible, Ellen Cantor’s Coming to Power: 25 Years of Sexually X-Plicit Art by Women, and band Pillar Point’s viral music video Dove. She has worked on projects with Condé Nast; creative producing for W Magazine’s Editorial Ballroom Blitz and styling on short film “Drafted for The Scene.” With over a decade of experience as a teaching artist, she finds inspiration in youth culture and is dedicated to enhancing the lives of young creatives. She collaborates frequently with her partner artist Kia LaBeija and is currently working on their first feature film together Womyn With a Y.

Photo credit: Kia LaBeija


Collaborator

Kia LaBeija is a fine artist whose work explores themes of identity, space, memory, beauty and womanhood. Her work is composed of cinematic and vibrant autobiographical self-portraits, and live performance exploring the catharsis of Voguing.