The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins' primary way of experiencing the world is through Our creativity. However, like many Disabled/Chronically Ill and Neurodivergent people We experience deep isolation that keeps us from connecting to Our Black, Queer and Trans communities. In order to disrupt that Isolation We make it a point to collaborate with other Black, Queer and Trans and/or Disabled artists.
Check out Our past collaborators as well as the artists and groups We wish to work with below.
"Confronting the Ghost of Willie Lynch: An Exorcism in 6 Parts" Directed by Lisa Evans (2019)
TLMVJ was the costume designer for this production and collaborated with Director Lisa Evans to create headdresses that embodied the suffocating energy of white supremacy, pictured here. Also note custom painted body suits of the characters.
image description:Two white passing mixed race people are dressed as demons of white supremacy and are tethered together by a thin white rope. They are dressed in black tights and leotards that are covered by and ombre of white hand prints that travel up their bodies. They wear large headdresses that look like cotton bolls, and hold the thin white rope in heir hands in a sort of motion that would indicate offering it to the audience. The figures are in spotlight, all around them is black/dark.
"Azucar", directed by Luna Merbruja, with TLMVJ as camera operator and actress. "Azucar" explores the sweetness of Queer and Trans folx lives and loves.
Image description: The thumbnail for the film "Azucar" shows an altar of sorts, a collection of spiritual items; a deck of listeria cards, a bowl of seashells/palo Santo, a glass of water, a faux sunflower and an incense burner.
VandL Films 2018-2020. Pronounced "Vee and L Films", VandL was a collaboration between TLMVJ and Luna Merbruja to create a series of 6 short documentaries that explored the lives of Queer and Trans artists of color in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Image description: the thumbnail image for this playlist of short films is from the short featuring artist and collaborator Luna Merbruja. They wear a burgundy sleeveless top that laces in the front and a bright gemstone necklace of golds and browns. Their hair is swept to one side and they wear glasses. You can just see the hint of an ornately carved chair they are sitting in. They are in the left of the frame and surrounded by a black backdrop
Shani Ealey (she/they) is a visual artist, writer and Spirit chaser living in Oakland, CA. For Ealey, the process of artmaking, creating, making the intangible tangible has been one of the most healing and nourishing practices in their life. She believes that through art, through creating we each have an opportunity to connect with our highest and truest selves. Through artmaking, we have the ability to reach down into the depths of who we are and affirm, heal, nourish, feed, witness, love and hold the parts of ourselves that need the most tending.
Image description: one of Shani Ealey's paintings. A brown skinned figure wearing a cowrie shell headdress with a fringe of beads across the front covering their white eyes. The figure is seated inside a ruffled shell in shades of fuchsia and lilac that looks like a fancy brain coral
Lisa Evans (they/them/theirs)
is a Black non-binary performer and cultural worker based out of Oakland. Their recent projects include “Blessed Be the Black and Crazy,” an installation focused on Black mental health created in collaboration with Sabaa Zareena and "Confronting The Ghost of Willie Lynch: An Exorcism in Six Parts" a site specific haunted house inspired production. They are a recipient of the 2020 Creatives in Place Residency and recently premiered a digital remount of their solo show “You Really Should Sit Like A Lady” as a part of TheaterFirst’s 2020-2021 Season.
Image description: a sepia toned picture of Lisa Evans, a brown skinned, Non-binary femme. They have shoulder length locs and are wearing a white shirt and a polka dotted shrug. They are speaking into a mic being held in their left hand.
Luna Merbruja (they/them) is Mexican-Athabaskan healer, writer and multimedia artist. They are the author of "Trauma Queen", "Heal Your Love", and "Tales from the Pomegranate Forest". Their writings have been featured in Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic, The Resilience Anthology, and the 2nd edition of Colonize This! Their work centers trans women & trans femmes of color by creating access to artistic development, publishing opportunities, and healing spaces. Currently they are Board Chair of Mirror Memoirs and co-directing a theater project for survivors. You can connect with them on Twitter/IG/FB @LunaMerbruja
Image description: Luna Merbruja is a light skinned Latinx Transfemme. They are pictured smiling into the camera, they wear a coral top with a floral pattern and glasses. Their shoulder length hair is wavy and frames their smiling face
The Nap Ministry was founded in 2016 by Tricia Hersey and is an organization that examines the liberating power of naps. Their “REST IS RESISTANCE” framework and practice engages with the power of performance art, site-specific installations, and community organizing to install sacred and safe spaces for the community to rest together. They examine rest as a radical tool for community healing. Rest is a form of resistance and sleep deprivation is a racial and social justice issue.
They are on IG/Twitter/FB (@thenapministry) deprogramming the masses from grind culture.
Image description: Tricia Hershey is a dark skinned Black femme with short natural hair. They are resting on a vintage wooden bench that is draped with a white sheer/lacy garment of some sort. They are wearing a lovely yellow dress and seem to be resting peacefully outdoors.
Jade T. Perry (she/her) is a writer, speaker, educator, artist, and mystic. The mission of her work, as a whole, is to contribute resources, art, narratives, and experiential learning opportunities that aid in the holistic healing processes of Blackfolk, Queer & Trans Black & Indigenous People of Color (QTBIPOC), and disabled and / or chronically ill folks within these communities.
Join her e-family at Patreon.com/JadeTPerry
Image description: A closeup of Jade Perry, a brown skinned Black femme. They are wearing a denim jacket, glasses, post earrings and a colorful headwrap with the bun sitting up front and across their eyes like a textile bang. Their smile looks like confidence and knowing.
melannie gayle monoceros is a poet and artist exploring polysensory production through text/ile, performance, writing and installation. A Black and chronically ill creator, they are based in Treaty 1 /Winnipeg, MB; home of the Métis First Nation, Their work taps into a collective qrip consciousness. Their works are portals that trouble the compulsory in/visibility of marginalized bodies by peering into ways inherited grief is somaticized and how this somatization impacts daily movements.
Image description: this textile self portrait is a rough woven piece hanging from a small branch of driftwood. The piece features avocado green, forest green, magenta and blues in an abstract woven pattern with a fringe of the avocado green hanging from the bottom.