jess x. 雪 🦢 @jessxsnow

artist • writer/director/dp • poet • climber 👁 🏳️‍🌈they/them✨ nationless 🎥 nyu grad film & @justseeds🌿

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🌅A magical end of day 3 of @avenuepvd artist residency in Providence RI. 📷 @inoperable Tonight we finished the portrait of @amiramirrramira —Palestinian organizer from the south; tomorrow we will work on the portrait of @nessa_fm a queer, Providence-based Guatemalan organizer who works at @prysmfam We stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine and Latinx and Central American immigrants as the root systems beneath our feet teach us how to cross and dismantle borders. The project was conceptualized and created in collaboration with Gavriel Cutipa-Zorn and assisted by @zo ing . Thank you @jar key and PrYsm youth @mestery_drawer_16 also for the extra help. Yes I am training the next group of POC muralist art warriors. 🙌

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🌿🌱Returned to the town of my alma mater in Providence, RI to start a new mural with @avenuepvd residency program about the solidarity shown by networks of root systems and mycelium underground as they slowly move above and beneath border walls and what that has to teach us about transnational solidarity with Latin America and Palestine with assistant @zo ing . This project was a collaboration with of Gavriel Cutipa-Zorn and his research and was months in development and I’m excited to see this finally happen at Providence Community Acupuncture; in a city where we both began our political work. 🌧 thanks for the help from @ourriotousdefects

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5 weeks ago

#ProtectMaunaKea — today I wanted to share with you a clip of @kumuhina ’s moving song “Ku Ha'aheo E Ku'u Hawai'i” which she dedicated to the protectors of #MaunaKea “The #Afterearthfilm crew is holding in our heart #MaunaKea and all of its protectors. What good is it to have a view of the stars when we won’t even see each other?” — @drzzl More background and resources for support: @protectmaunakea #ProtectMaunakea #KuKiaiMauna #iStandforMaunaKea #HoiIKapiko #KapuAloha protectmaunakea.net & kahea.org . Please do what you can to educate yourself about #TMTshutdown & what you can do to support and stand in solidarity with the protectors of Mauna Kea & indigenous people across the Earth fighting everyday to defend their land that they have nurtured for generations. . Clip: #AFTEREARTHfilm , produced by @kityanpoet & @drzzl @smithsonianapa 🌋🌋🌋

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5 weeks ago

Happy late non-binary peoples day ✨ I wish I didn’t take me this long to realize I will never grow up to be the straight, cis, polite, Chinese woman with a steady job that my mother and father yearned for me to be. As a teenager I internalized the sadness that no matter who I dated, what job I took, how I presented myself, it will never be worthy of my family’s immigration. It took me too long to realize that this feeling of failure has been my greatest gift. There is an entire galaxy in my wound. I know that because I became an artist to heal myself. I know now that I never have to aspire to perform a femininity that I never felt like I could be. I stand proudly in my own flesh, and see me as the gender I am, even when my blood family never will. In my late twenties, I’ve been feeling lonely, but the films I’ve been working on, the poems I’ve been writing become the walls of a temple. When my characters sing, the echoes that reverberate keep me company. 🖤 #non -binary

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Who heals the healer when the healer empties themself? Perhaps the sky. 🌧 📷 @teezeng

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Eleven years of queer chosen siblinghood and counting. @teezeng 🌟⭐️🌟⭐️ @mmmomspice #a7s2 #sonyalpha

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I am finally feeling like myself & im thankful for all community and chosen fam who have made this feeling I’ve been searching for my whole life possible. 👽 🌧💨 O Earth, Let me study the millennium it takes for your tides to entirely redraw the borders of America without permission from any empire. Perhaps wind is the first artist. Cartographer of the sky– one hand changes all the weather, one brushstroke moves the entire ocean–yet every current leaves no mark. 📷 @frisly

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June 2019

Day 3 of painting with @teezeng for @idastanford , 🌿 a #mural about intergenerational healing inspired by a Toni Cade Bambara quote.🖤 more soon. Thank you to everyone who came by to help today including @yeji jung and @evelyns_paintbrush and @kafka esque 🖤

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May 2019

Starting a mural with assistant/healer @teezeng at @idastanford this week. Thank you @a_lanmoon for making this possible. More progress soon as we continue to blast In The Heights and Lauryn Hill from a 40 foot lift for all to hear. 🤗✊

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May 2019

Today I'm asking you to please support and like the @officialblmp 🖤 I first saw @yorubatransboi speak about this project at the #BorderVisions Convening organized by @culturestrike and the @oppagenda back last November. I am so moved by the work he is doing with @migrantscribble (also one of my favorite activists/poets ) at BLMP. It is so important for all people to support and uplift the leadership of Black LGBTQ+ migrants in the movement towards migrant rights, the dismantling of borders and also in the movement towards queer and trans liberation. All of it is connected. Because of their work, I have learned that the intersection of Black and brownness, gender identity, and the safety-threatenkng consequences that cause the migration of queer folks from their homelands is so often marginalized in the mainstream migration movement and fight towards queer and trans liberation. Ola talked about creating a world where no LGBTQ+ Black person will ever be forced to migrate against their will. This is a world that I as a queer migrant of color, who comes from a country where it’s not safe to be queer, who once struggled to get green card status, wants to help create. It is so important for non-Black folks, white allies, and allies all across the gender spectrum to learn about their work, donate to the bail funds that they share, and create paid opportunities for leadership for folks doing this work. It is important to support and check in with folks whose identies and mental health is directly impacted by the recent legislations and attacks going on.

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May 2019

Back in 2017 under this solar eclipse i had no idea the person I’d become today. 📸 @mat tev.ans ✨ the greatest “success” of my life is that i have carved the space to end seven generations of violence in my lifetime. I only want to pass on my whole, healed, giving and unapologetically complex self to my community & loved ones & the generations that come after because that is what they always deserved. Trauma happened to me and before me but i was not born with it inside of me. Now I finally feel I am able to give without depletion, to love without harm, to speak truth without compromising softness, to experience pleasure without guilt, and with responsibility. It is our responsibility to the Earth & our ancestors to do the work of healing. Everything else will follow. 🌳

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May 2019

sometimes sadness just is. 💧Sometimes the wound swells long after the bee finished stinging. Sometimes bees sting if only to stay alive & protect their hive. Sometimes the most generous thing you can offer in this lifetime is, is space. Only in this space may the wound transform into a door or a window framing a perfect composition of outer space. But transformation is not the goal. Simply being present is. These are the days I observe the scars that made me come of age and for once, I don’t disassociate or turn away. I make a map of them & remember the 12 yr old girl who after losing half a family & a country & had to say good bye for the 3rd time to all her friends, didn’t believe a tomorrow is possible. I make films if only to tell her that not only is that tomorrow coming, it is already here, and here is a rope ladder to climb down to the very bottom of it and build a temple. Her adult self is waiting for her there. Image: Queer Earth, ink on paper sometime in 2015

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May 2019

and so the day came where artmaking was no longer an escape from this world, but a practice to build a future freer than this one. 🌠 As my ankle has been healing, I’ve been meditating for an hour a day & trying to reach the avatar state. When we cannot escape the oppression of this world, we can find a million things worth living for inside ourselves, in our ancestors, in our communities, in our futures. Once I let trauma sit in the drivers seat of my life. When that happened, i was more vulnerable to having my entire life be shaped by the struggle to succeed under capitalism & white supremacy. I was chasing after friendships and relationships that didn’t know how to reciprocate. I was thinking about the film festival before even humbling myself to the process of making the film. I was striving to fulfill a permanent insufficiency, an illusion that growing up immigrant, queer in US empire brainwashed me to believe. Today my heart is in the drivers seat & I don’t know where I’m going, but I know it’ll be somewhere flagless, nationless and beautiful. I know that place is already somewhere inside myself, under all the layers of armor I built over me to survive. I am not just surviving now. I didn’t consent to the circumstances I was born into. But I am stepping into the forgotten heart of the little queer migrant child, raised across both sides of the US/Canada border, who had to wait a decade for a green card, born into violence, gendered as a girl, and letting them finally experience their full range of emotions: joy, pleasure, nostalgia, guilt, pain, grief, and also love. I hope I can share the view with you someday. 📸 @layqanunayawar Maras, Peru

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April 2019

Woke up joyous for the first time in months. What they don’t teach you: the work you put into self care & mental health pays off far more than any work under capitalism ever can. How beautiful it is to have capacity to hold the things we cannot know with compassion & gentleness. Today it feels like I have the best friends and community I can ever ask for. Thank you mother & motherland for birthing me and giving me this one chance at living. I breathe into the truth that what I am doing and have done is enough. ✨📸 @ddoubleddi

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April 2019

Come find us tonight at the @apainstitute at 6pm with films and music by @shane mcsauby @ortwoman @razellebenally @gmabaj @guillenken ✨ moderated by @ty_ushka & me ✨ this venue is accessible ✨ come see #WeImagineSanctuary mural and sound installation before it gets taken down on May 10th. Drawing inspiration from the migratory journeys of the natural world and the power of collective imagination, We Imagine Sanctuary is a mural and sound installation, and space in which one can reflect, organize, and envision a future free of borders, family separation, and forced migration. This program will honor Indigenous and migrant visions of sanctuary and decolonization from both sides of the border.

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March 2019

🐆🏔In 2019 I’ll take back the space I’ve been denied and denied myself my whole life. I put on a leopard print qipao and step into a new skin. My mom says Qipaos aren’t supposed to be leopard print. 😶 I put paint on a building and the city steps into a new skin. I layer the paint until it reveals the faces of my chosen family, and together, we step into our new skin. Even in the face of violence, we glow like the surface of the moon. Like the moon, my heart is covered in craters. Healing is a lifelong process & I’ve learned to love each crater as my own. I paint my chosen family on five story walls, the way they dream of being seen; so the next generation of queer / migrant people of color can grow up and see their power reflected back at them on the streets they take on their walk back home. This is the practice my ancestors made possible. What is public art & film but a portal? I am painting the future I want to see, the gift that I never knew as a migrant child: being seen. 💡

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March 2019

🐚 This month I have prayed to the creator, the Earth, the Buddha, my ancestors divided by borders & buried on the other side of the planet for the strength that I’ll make it through my Saturn return in one piece. Now on the other side, and whole, I have learned that we cannot know the truth of who people really are with the generosity they show us upon the first year of meeting. It is only through how we navigate together through conflict, discomfort, anxiety, our worst fears that we may see people’s true selves. I never knew that biggest source of my anxiety was not the war zone of this political climate but rather some of those I let into my chosen family. I never knew who my father was until I knew the 20 years he could go without seeing me. I never knew who my mother was until I saw her struggle to continue to support me, after she watched me come out, go against all my family’s wishes, transition from a broke artist with no mentors in my bloodline into the career I somehow created anyways. But how do you tell that to a young girl who has only just found her voice, moved to nyc & finally found her own skin & mistook all her chosen family as home? How do we fashion a bulletproof armor that our kids can wear over their hearts that is still soft enough to prevent them from turning to the toxic masculinity that is destroying us. These are the questions that I will never have answered. What I have learned from pain is that on the other side of protection is the softest creature & this softness is what makes me a film director. 🎬

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February 2019

Sometimes your worst nightmare becomes a reality and the only way to reclaim your body and heart is to climb the most epic V4 in the gym even if this is the 5th try and it was a struggle the whole way through. It took me 2 years to be able to consistently climb 4s, 20 years to become an artist & make a life out of it, and 5 hard years of film school to be able to get sleep the night before directing. I am learning that when people in our family or chosen family hurt us, we must demand the accountability we deserve, and not beat ourselves up about being hurt, but rather see how boldly we were able to love in the face of pain. How when our love is of the highest order, and folks fail to treat that love with care, and commit to healing from their own traumas so it doesn’t get passed on— then that’s got nothing to do with us. And that love that I radiate in the face of everything that I’ve lived through, is what makes me an artist, a climber and gives me a story to tell to the next generation. I commit to not passing on my pain to the future generations to come and those around me. And that is why I must heal and make work about it. I do not believe we are to be pushed into the dirt unless it is to bloom again—but brighter—a deafening field of poppies. 🌸🌺 And in their unstoppable pollination, everyone around us is healed, and we create a new future.

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February 2019

🎥🎞Last year I took a year off grad school for film at NYU Tisch School of the arts because my mental health fell apart. I had worked for so many years to find the courage to even apply and get in. Going against all the wishes of my first generation immigrant family, and being someone who rarely quit anything in my life, this was a really difficult decision. I dedicated the entire year to get mentally healthy and financially okay enough to come back to finish the marathon. I am proud to say that I am going to come back this fall to join the new 2nd Year class of 2022 as a writer/director and DP. I am shedding my old skin that was no longer serving me and soaring into the skin of someone new. I have learned that life will bring you many opportunities: people will ask you to work on other people’s stories, or to tell the stories about a part of your identity that will serve a movement, a hot topic, or fill a certain diversity quota. While some of these are important learning opportunities, the most important thing is carving the time and space to tell your own story—the one story that keeps you up at night, that you care about enough that you’d choose to put it into a time capsule that future generations and creatures can open when this U.S. Empire falls. 🏔🔥 Yesterday I saw every scene in my next queer Asian migrant magical realist film i haven’t made yet projected in the backs of my eyelids. There is nothing more satisfying than feeling my body finally learn how to carry the story that I need to tell. The story that will set me & my family and all of our inter generational migrant trauma free. 📷 @faith47

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February 2019

In progress. “We Imagine Sanctuary” is a mural and sound installation imagining a future without borders with sanctuary for all created in collaboration with @ty_ushka and 9 migrant, Asian/pacific, black and indigenous NYU students. Show opens Thursday March 7th at 8 Washington Mews. This week was assisted by poet/painter sibling @sonja__jay 🌘🔮 #mural #apa #apia #jessxsnow

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February 2019

Today is the day: on Valentine’s Day write a love letter to a survivor in your life or your little self and use the hashtag #survivorloveletter and follow the movement @survivor love.letter . 💓 This poster features qpoc survivor and activist @mia mingus, with art by the amazing @_saikick_ 💌 and coloring by you’rs truly 💌 @survivor love.letter was founded by @taniikeda ✨[Description: a stippled drawing of a queer Korean adoptee woman with a monstera leaf, wearing a large gold earring. Yellow background and lavender long hair. Handwriting along her hair reads text from Mia Mingus’s love letter: Dear Disabled Child Survivor, you will make it out of this. we will soar together in all our crip magnificence and gift eachother what we never had.”] Mia Mingus works toward disability justice. She is a part of @transformativejustice (a collective working towards building transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse ) and says this about her love letter: “this is the love letter i wish i had had when i was younger. to know that i would make it out one day and to know that other queer disabled child of color (adoptee ) survivors made it out too.” Our posters are available for free download at survivorloveletter.com ❤️❤️ #believesurvivors #miamingus #disabilityawareness #sdqtpoc #queerart #apia #signofresistance #artistsoninstagram

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February 2019

Sometimes not finishing something you’ve been working for weeks on is still an accomplishment. 🧗🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

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February 2019

More progress on this #mural at the @fordfoundation with @layqanunayawar & our childhood migrant selves. Thank you @migra spora for assisting and filming and @madebykhari for coming in to assist today. Feeling very lucky to have such a personal piece be a part of the permanent collection of the Ford Foundation. Thank you to gallery director, Lisa Kim for having us at the World Café. Today we will finish this side and start painting the other wall ❄️🌄

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February 2019

CALL FOR NYU STUDENT PARTICIPANTS: Do you identify as a migrant, diasporic, and/or Indigenous NYU student of color who is open to sharing your and/or your family's migration story? Are you interested in being featured in a collaborative installation exploring ideas of sanctuary and safety? At the @apaInstitute at NYU me and Artist­-in-­Residence @ty_ushka will lead a collaborative mural and storytelling workshop open to NYU students on TUESDAY, FEB 5. The stories and ideas shared in this workshop will be featured in "We Imagine Sanctuary," an installation that will be on view at A/P/A from February 25-May 10. To participate, please review the call and submit your name and availability by THURSDAY, JAN 31 at 5:00 p.m.: https: //bit.ly/2WrZsFI (🔗 in bio ) Image: A photo of #mural by I did for @opositivefest of @safiamafia in 2016 at Kingston, NY #publicart #streetart #kingston #opositivemurals

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January 2019

Celebrating my 27th and a new year, new skin, back on IG after a much needed break🦚. This was my favorite piece I made in 2018. It was for the @seiu_org ’s calendar, where I represented the @justseeds artist co-operative. What does a futuristic family unit look like? Maybe the child is the Earth and for once, the father holds her. Maybe the father is non-binary and identifies as a mother too or the wind. 🌬 im thinking of making prints of this. would you buy a print of this? 🌊

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January 2019

First post of 2019 is a love letter to bouldering. Thank you @bombshelltoe for being my secret cheerleader and @drzzl for sharing your tai-Chi stretches & @matthewevansphoto for teaching me some techniques. I’ve been doing this every other day since the year began and it’s proven to heal depression, get your mind off of all things stressful and make you feel free. Always looking for new climbing friends. Who wants to climb together in 2019? 🧗🏻‍♀️🤗 🎬 by @anderslink

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December 2018

Welcoming in the new year and celebrating my healing and everyone who has been there for me along the way. ✨🧗🏻‍♀️

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December 2018

Just a few of these limited edition 4 color screenprints left and they are on sale via link in profile or littlespark.bigcartel.com. Half of the proceeds of everything in the little spark store go towards supporting the work of @colibricenter for the human rights, as they work to end migrant death along the US México border and identify and reunite the bodies and items of migrants with their families. Learn more about their campaign at www.bringthembackcampaign.org 🦋 Colibrí folks are our friends, and they work every day to defend the human rights of migrants by searching for truth and justice for the families of those who have disappeared on the US-Mexico Border. Since the year 2000, at least 10,000 people have died, and another 5,000 have disappeared while trying to cross the border. Each one was a unique, irreplaceable, sacred human life who deserves to be cared for and remembered. ✨ #screenprinting #screenprint #jessxsnow

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December 2018

⭐️ That night, I learned how to how to leave my body. I Blast off like a space ship and watch my whole life pass by from the stars. 🌕 🐝📸 @layqanunayawar

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November 2018

Thank you @phillyasianfilmfest for believing in us, holding space for us and the first award a short film I’ve been a part of has ever won. This recognition goes to the unbelievable work of co-producer @drzzl who has been the most supportive friend I can ask for and brought our 3-channel install to so many screenings from Honolulu, to Park City, to Austin, to now Philly, and writer/ co-producer @kityanpoet @migra spora the crew who held down this whole two month all-magic hour production and the Asian/Pacific Islander/native cast @kumuhina @kaylabriet @isaborgeson and @kityanpoet ’s mom—Wang Ping Oshiro, who offered their stories and songs to honor the their homelands in native america, Hawaii, the Philippines and the pacific in such a beautiful way. 🦋 Honestly bearing witness and holding a container for your triumphs and struggles was the greatest gift. Our queer and trans A/P/A stories are brave and are deserving of this beauty, and space—how else will our youth survive & break into a vibrant queer and sustainable future where we all can be free? 📸 @drzzl ✨ Check out more at afterearthfilm.com and reach out if you want to bring us to your school/festival/organization. ❤️ #afterearthfilm

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November 2018

Hi Philly! #Afterearthfilm , in three channel is playing today at @phillyasianfilmfest every hour starting at 12:30 pm. Link in profile. The incredible Co-Producer @drzzl is holding it down and will be available for Q and A. Afterearth was written and co-produced by @kityanpoet and stars @kaylabriet @kumuhina @isaborgeson and @kityanpoet ‘s mom: Wangping Oshiro. I hope you can check it out if you’re in the #Philadelphia area. Afterearth is a film about four women fighting for the land, ocean, volcano and restoring our relationship with the land in the face of climate change. It is a love letter to the Earth in four parts, honoring Hawaii, the Philippines and indigenous land in North America. #film #threechannel

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November 2018

My silhouette and #survivorloveletter spotted in Los Angeles. @survivor love.letter was founded by @taniikeda 💓💓✨ . . . . #wheatpaste #streetart #poster #believesurvivors #jessxsnow

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November 2018

Vote because I literally can’t. #Vote for who will advocate for the freedom and flight of people of color, migrants and the queer & trans community. Vote because many of us migrants don’t have citizenship and this country’s laws won’t give us a voice. Vote and also make an effort in your practice to support the #QTPOC , migrant, non-citizen, indigenous and Black folks and survivors in your life by advocating for their work, their rights, their physician mental and financial well-being.🌸 This was a commission for @onepennsylvania via @recphilly 💓 #jessxsnow #poster #voting

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November 2018

My Halloween costume is a happy person. 👻The truth is, I am not this person most of the time. But even in my grief and my heartache, I am shining. ✨ I am taking a year off of film grad school to focus on my mental health and healing. Here’s to a whole year of remembering to breathe and finding new homes for this grief. For the six year old child self who came to the US with my mom after my parents split. My lost childhood and all the joy I forgot how to feel will discover home in my first book of poetry, and my first children’s book. I’m looking forward to sharing this journey with all of you. I am deeply grateful from the bottom of my heart for your support and your belief in my work the collective work I do with others, and a queer vibrant world where we can all be free. 🤗 photo by @layqanunayawar somewhere near Kingston, NY

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October 2018

Im super proud of this new @survivor love.letter poster by @layqanunayawar (lettering and color by me ) featuring the loveletter and likeness of the ever inspiring @amitaswadhin ✨ 💌 #SurvivorLoveLetter was founded by @taniikeda ✨ “Dear Survivor Kindred, we break the cycle of violence through love: for ourselves and for each other. Intimacy heals isolation. Seeing and loving you helps me see and love myself. Knowing we are the majority helps me know our love can alchemize everything brutal in this world. “ — Amita Swadhin Our posters are available for download in high res at survivorloveletter.com [Description: a brown gender-non conforming queer survivor embraces their little self against an indigo starry night. Yellow Handwriting around their body says the first line from the #SurvivorLoveLetter above.] Amita is the founder of @mirror memoirs, a storytelling and organizing project uplifting the narratives, healing and leadership of survivors of child sexual abuse who are queer, trans, gender non-binary and intersex Black and indigenous folks and other people of color (QTIBIPOC ). ✨ #poster #believesurvivors #amitaswadhin #artistsoninstagram #lgbtqia #metoo

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October 2018

Repost @survivor love.letter Featuring the words and likeness of @labamby , art by @beyon wren.moor 💌 #SurvivorLoveLetter was founded by @taniikeda for survivors of sexual assault to publicly celebrate their lives. ✨ Bamby Salcedo is a nationally recognized Latina trans activist & president of @translatinacoalition @beyon wren.moor is a cree/Ukrainian trans woman artist, musician, tattoo artist living in Pocumtuck (western mass ). You can download our posters for free at survivorloveletter.com ✨ [Description: a silhouette of a trans Latinx woman with constellations across her face. Roses grow from her chest. Handwriting says: “Dear Trans Sibling Survivor, with tears, determination, heart and courage, you can overcome. Only you can give the gift of life to yourself." ] Here is an excerpt from Bamby’s letter: “If I can say anything to you today with this letter, is that, I understand the struggle of feeling guilty. I hope that you also see and understand that you are a precious being, you are perfect just the way you are. You have been created to exist in this world and to live your life to the fullest of your potential despite the horrible experiences that you may have encounter when you were sexually assaulted. Please do not let any of your horrible experiences take you away from enjoying the life that you have been given because it is your life for you to live. Not to live it with pain and sorrow. I understand it’s a process, but please know that are so many people like you, like me, like us, who are encouraging each other to know and understand that we do not have to be slaves of the past. With determination, tears, heart and courage, we can overcome. I invite you to give the gift of life to yourself and liberate yourself from those chains that keeps us sick in our minds, in our hearts and in our soul. Please find the peace and healing that you deserve, because only you can give the gift of life to yourself. May our creator give you the strength to find the cure to the liberation of your soul.” — Bamby Salcedo #beyonwrenmoor #believesurvivors #queerart #transart

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