About the Visibility Project Southern tour

This November the Visibility Project is hitting the road and visiting seven cities in the South. 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! Southern_Tour_Web

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.

Southern Tour Dates

Dates City Confirmed housing Shoot Date Shoot Deets
10/30 - 11/2 Raleigh Yes Nov. 1st or 2nd email for details
11/3 - 11/5 Louisville Yes Nov. 4th or 5th email for details
11/6 - 11/9 Memphis Yes Nov. 8th email for details
11/10 - 11/13 Little Rock Yes Nov. 11th or 12th email for details
11/14 - 11/16 Oberlin Yes
11/16 - 11/18 Birmingham Yes Nov. 17th or 18th email for details
11/19 - 11/21 Jackson Nov. 20th email for details
11/22 - 11/25 New Orleans Yes Nov 22nd or 23rd email for details