About the Visibility Project Midwest tour

This October the Visibility Project is hitting the road and visiting five cities in the Midwest. The Visibility Project is a photo portrait series and video/oral history collection dedicated to the Queer Asian American Women and Trans* community. It’s inclusive to South Asian, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islanders, East Asians, and mixed Asian Americans who identify as trans* or a queer woman. This intergenerational project embraces the intersections of being Queer and Asian. It’s a start to ensuring queer stories are represented in AAPI communities and that AAPIs are represented in LGBTQ communities. A dream is to interview 6 people in each city, help us make that happen!

Share your story

Be a part of one of the largest archives of the Q/TAAPI community. Contact (mia (at) visibilityproject (dot) org) if you’re interested in sharing your story and want more details OR sign up for the newsletter to get updated information on how to register for a shoot. Here’s info on what to expect during a shoot.

Have community housing?

Let us know if you have a spare room to host project director, Mia Nakano, for a couple of nights. She loves all fuzzy creatures!

Donate a shoot space!

Photo studios are the best place to do a photoshoot. So are conference rooms, community centers, or any space large enough for a couple of lights and a backdrop. It’s a photo and video project, so low noise is best.

Book a lecture, exhibition, or workshop

Project Director, Mia Nakano, is a photographer, filmmaker, and a founder & LGBTQ editor of Hyphen magazine. Her work has been published in numerous print and online media outlets from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center to the Leeway Foundation in Philadelphia. She is a frequent guest/artist lecturer at national conferences, universities, grassroots organizations, and galleries. Some topics her workshops/lectures cover are: photography, lighting, pre-production, gender & sexuality, community documentation, and more.

Sponsor the tour & Leaving Evidence

Sponsor the tour by donating a shoot space and putting a call out on social media and organizational networks. Community is the most successful through the cultivation of individual relationships and solidarity work. One goal of this tour is to help document stories from local communities and to “leave evidence” by providing video or photography services in each city. Connect with us if you want to sponsor the tour or have a great community organization whose story should be documented.

Midwest Tour Dates

Dates City Confirmed housing Confirmed shoot location Shoot Date
10/1 - 10/4 St. Paul/Minneapolis
10/5 - 10/7 Madison Yes
10/8 - 10/12 Chicago Yes
10/14 - 10/18 Detroit
10/19 - 10/22 Columbus Yes Yes 10/20/2014