ANNOUNCING: Filipino Fusions: A Culinary Critique – available for purchase nationwide. Inside the Artist’s Kitchen in collaboration with Chicago artist Kiam Marcelo Junio began as a fresh web series and has evolved into a handmade artists cookbook featuring vegan recipes rooted in Filipino cuisine. Through a performance alter ego Jerry Blossom, Kiam shares rich insights to connect people around the world through culinary experience. I want to create new fusions with Filipino food that take it beyond its origins while questioning what it is exactly that defines Filipino, or for that matter, any culture’s cuisine as it crosses boundaries. What is lost? What remains? -Kiam
Kiam Marcelo Junio (preferred gender pronoun: ‘they”) are a multidisciplinary artist living in Chicago, IL. They work in multiple media including photography, video, printmaking, installation, burlesque, and performance art. Their research and artwork center around queer identities, the Filipino American diaspora, post-colonial Asian American tropes and stereotypes, and politics of visibility in a social justice context. Jerry Blossom is Kiam’s alter-ego, a genderqueer Filipino femme-presenting persona who hails from an alternate post-queer, post-colonialist utopia. Kiam served seven years in the US Navy. They were born in the Philippines and have lived in the US, Japan, and Spain. They are also a registered Yoga teacher and recently launched QIAM, a fashion micro-brand.