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At the airport to pick up the one and only #alokvaidmenon who is coming in to the city to perform for us. Tomorrow night 8pm @ The Project Cafe.

We're pretty excited... are you?!

Alok Vaid Menon // New York City
I grew up in a small conservative town in Texas which simultaneously confirms and challenges every stereotype you might have about Texas. From a young age I navigated two disparate worlds: the tight-knit pan-Indian immigrant community and the white conservatives of my hometown. Because there were so few South Asians around I didn’t really understand the particularities of what it meant to be Malayalee and Punjabi – I just understood myself as “brown.” It was the kind of place that made you immediately aware of your difference, in all of its permutations. I experienced constant and routine racism, homophobia, transphobia, the works! Because I needed an outlet to process everything I was going through I started writing poetry. I didn’t call it poetry at the time, it was more about keeping a diary, but I began to understand the power of art to externalize trauma from your body and make it into something beautiful. So many of the coping strategies I picked up growing up in Texas are the skills that I still call upon today: how to work a room, how to perform like your life depends on it, how to argue for the legitimacy of your being.

#ORIGINSBeyondGender #NomadicOrigins #AlokVaidMenon #DarkMatterPoetry #LGBT

Monday Dec 5th at 8pm #alokvaidmenon #thetranslist #hbodocs

Alok Vaid-Menon is an internationally acclaimed trans writer, entertainer, and public speaker. Known for their expressive poetry and biting comedy, Alok has charmed audiences across the world and emerged as a prominent voice in the transgender movement. Based in New York City, Alok regularly performs to sold-out houses at venues like The Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum, and the Mercury Lounge. Alok was recently part of the HBO documentary The Trans List, the Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival, and the Lincoln Center's La Casita Festival.

Watching you / Watch me | 8PM, 31st March | 4PM & 8PM 1st April | OddBird Theatre

#alokvaidmenon #oddspotting #experimentalperformance #technology #cyberspace

Live Works 2017, @centralefies_official, Dro. Report di Giulia Gregnanin (link in bio). Immagine: Alok Vaid-Menon, “Watching you / Watch me” (2017). Courtesy l’Artista e Centrale Fies, Dro. Fotografia di Alessandro Sala.

#liveworks2017 #centralefies #supercontinent #alokvaidmenon

Alok Vaid-Menon, gender non-conforming, writer and performer
#alokvaidmenon #gendernonconforming #gendernonbinary #icon

Postcards From The Past //
Feeling like royalty, owning my body unapologetically.
Feeling like royalty, owning my culture lost in time.
Feeling like royalty, owning my strength and poise.
Feeling like royalty, agender; am infinite.
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Read more. Link in Bio ~
Muse @alokvmenon
Styling and Creative Direction by yours truly.
Photography by @abhinavanguria
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#straystyle #royalindia #nogender #alokvaidmenon #borderandfall #fashioneditorial #fashionblogger #portraitphotography #styleblogger #fashionmag #culturemag #beauty #sareelove #fashionstylist

@alokvmenon: "what i tell everyone is that, you could wake up tomorrow and find out your trans. every single one of us could wake up tomorrow and be like i’m not interested in doing this. we could wake up tomorrow, and go to the beach, meet someone cute, and next thing you know we’re in a queer relationship. are you able to accept the fact that you could potentially be queer or trans? or do you only accept trans and queer people from a distance. and that’s where we’re at, we have tolerance and not acceptance. tolerance is look at them over their, they’re so interesting, i love their fashion, but i would never. or if my brother was, no. but the minute i actually ask people, would you be okay if you had to live as me? everyone says no, and i think that people don’t understand the choices i’ve had to make in my life. that every single day, i have to ask myself, am i ready to be harassed, am i ready to be spat on, am i ready to be laughed at, am i ready to be misgendered? no matter how much success i have, i’m misgendered every single place that i go and people think that it’s me inconveniencing them, and that the problem is they can’t use gender neutral pronouns, and not that it’s difficult for me to survive. they make that equivalent. and i’m like really tell me more about how difficult it is for you to use a word, bc let me tell you about how difficult it was to walk down the street with 15 different people taking photos of me without my consent. and i think every single day i make the choice to live the life that i live because i believe every single person should be able to be safe no matter what they look like, would you make that choice? and what i find is that most straight people would not, and that in fact if most straight people were read as gay, they would freak out, they would be like no way! most straight people, don’t even want go to a gay party, they’re like i don’t wanna be seen as that. and then i just tell them, that’s because you hate me, you may say that you accept me, but if if you can never see yourself in a queer relationship, or gender non conforming relationship, or gender non binary yourself, then you fundamentally hate me (cont. below!)"

We loved having the fabulous @alokvmenon over at our Lab. Catch their show Watching You/Watch Me this weekend at @toocuckoo.
#AlokVaidMenon #WatchingYouWatchMe #Performance #Gender #Workshop #CuckooClub

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Postcards From The Past //
Feeling like royalty, owning my body unapologetically.
Feeling like royalty, owning my culture lost in time.
Feeling like royalty, owning my strength and poise.
Feeling like royalty, agender; am infinite.
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Read more. Link in Bio ~
Muse @alokvmenon
Styling and Creative Direction by yours truly.
Photography by @abhinavanguria
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#straystyle #royalindia #nogender #alokvaidmenon #borderandfall #fashioneditorial #fashionblogger #portraitphotography #styleblogger #fashionmag #culturemag #beauty #sareelove #fashionstylist

POSTCARDS FROM THE PAST //
Royal portraits have always fascinated me for their grandeur of scenery and eminence.
These photographs function both as socio-historical documents — a record of the cultural and social modalities of their time. However, I always wonder if these portraits are romanticised into one dimensional images leaving behind the complexities of that time? They were people who were brave, who were emotional, who were political and who were complicated.
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Read more. Link In Bio ~
Muse @alokvmenon
Photography by @abhinavanguria
Styling and Creative direction by yours truly.
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#indianroyalportraits #straystyle #maharanisofindia #fashionmag #culturemag #indianculture #love #fashionstylist #fashioneditorial #indiaphotoproject #fashionphotography #styleblogger #fashionblog #sarilove #lookingbacklookingforward #beauty #nogender #alokvaidmenon #lgbtq #portrait

Live Works 2017, @centralefies_official, Dro. Report di Giulia Gregnanin (link in bio). Immagine: Alok Vaid-Menon, “Watching you / Watch me” (2017). Courtesy l’Artista e Centrale Fies, Dro. Fotografia di Alessandro Sala.

#liveworks2017 #centralefies #supercontinent #alokvaidmenon

On ‘street harassment’: What about the men?
Alok Vaid-Menon demonstrates exactly why feminists should not center men’s voices in our conversations about sexual harassment. Read it on feministcurrent.com #alokvaidmenon #whataboutthemen #streetharassmentisnotacompliment

Grace Dunham alla sua performance The Fool -Throwback to @simondunham during the performance The Fool #throwback #tb #thefool #gracedunham #alokvaidmenon #femmeinpublic #genderisover #feminism #intersectionality #lgbtqirights #queers #transfeminism

Throwback to the performance FEMME IN PUBLIC of Alok Vaid-Menon. Photos in our Facebook page. - Le foto della performance di Alok Vaid-Menon sulla nostra pagina Facebook #tb #throwback #femmeinpublic #alokvaidmenon #transfeminism #transgenderrights #lgbtqirights #intersectionality

"Ich wurde nicht im falschen Körper geboren, sondern in eine falsche Welt." Künstler*in @alokvmenon sprach mit uns über Sichtbarkeit und Gewalt gegen Trans*-Menschen und warum sie* soziale Medien liebt und fürchtet. Mehr dazu findet ihr auf ze.tt.
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#transgender#transfeminine#transfeminist#nonbinary #nichtbinär#kunst#feminismus#feminism#alokvaidmenon#performanceart#artist#art#photography#portrait

LOOKING BACK / LOOKING FORWARD
#PART II #comingsoon
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Muse - @alokvmenon
Styling and creative direction by yours truly
Photography by @abhinavanguria
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#lookingbacklookingforward #alokvaidmenon #indianroyalty #borderandfall #saree #indianfashion #fashionstylist #styleblogger #indiaphotoproject #beauty #lgbtq #instafollow #bnw #photography

Anche @alokvmenon indossa la nostra t-shirt MY BODY IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS. La settimana scorsa abbiamo passato assieme momenti preziosi e indimenticabili. Grazie ancora! - Also @alokvmenon is wearing our t-shirt MY BODY IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS. Last weekend we spent together precious moments. Thank you again! #mybodyisnoneofyourbusiness #genderisover #endgender #feminism #intersectionality #transfeminism #alokvaidmenon #collettivostarfish #lgbtqirights

Feeling super super grateful to been able to attend a workshop about feelings, held by @alokvmenon tonight.
I am full of those feelings right now and need to process this amazing amazing time.
Thank you <3
#queer #queermarshmallow #nonbinary #trans #spoonie #femme #thisiswhatnonbinarylookslike #alokvaidmenon #workshop #gratitude #feelings #radicalsoftness #radicalvulnerability

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