Bashezo was born and raised in South Philadelphia, PA and currently lives in Boston, MA. Zhe is a transdisciplinary installation and performance creative that blends race and queer theory with African diaspora spiritual traditions and aesthetics. Common materials in their work include metals, soil, textiles, audio/video elements, clay, and wood. These materials are then aggregated in order to create alternative ephemeral 3rd spaces that centralize Black and POC queer and trans bodies and experiences. The core of the work centers on explorations into/around Blackness, race, gender, sexuality, homo/transphobia, micro-aggressions, and more recently queer desire.
Heart Byrne is a filmmaker, editor and erotic experience curator. Her work explores, place, identity, and the body through personal narrative and fantasy. Raised in New York City by parents who ran a contemporary dance company, her dance background informs her curiosity about the body and performance. She is one of the co-founders of Hot Bits.
JD Stokely (they/he) is a trickster-in-training hailing from Philly by way of Boston. They create and curate performances, lectures, and space around queerness, nostalgia, the Black body, and home. Stokely has been working through a series of performance rituals called MOUTH/PIECE that explore the Black feminine mouth as a site of trauma, heartbreak, rage, and resilience. Stokely is a co-founder of Unbound Bodies Collective, a multidisciplinary arts lab for QTBIPOC artists in Boston and beyond that explores the healing possibilities of celebrating community, intimacy, and joy in public.
SNAX (she/they) is a Chinese-American/white multimedia digital artist, curator, hustler, and sex magik worker from New Mexico and based in Philadelphia. Using digital collage, photography, and moving images, her work generates portals toward a vibrant contemporary fantasy free of binaries, shame, and oppression. She is a recipient of the Leeway Transformation Award, and is a co-founder of Hot Bits.
TopShelf is a city-dwelling, cuntry-romanticizing kinky queer femme boss. Organizer, activist, facilitator, occasional artist, full time Capricorn, and trained dungeon monitor… for 4 years she co-threw Glitter Thighs (Best Dance Party 2013 CityPaper). She currently facilitates workshops and classes on unlearning and dismantling white supremacy and has peddled sex toys in the woods to 8,000 dykes.
Genevieve Diaz y Rodriguez was born in Hialeah, FL while being raised in both Hialeah and San Antonio, TX and now currently lives in Boston. She comes from Cuban, indigenous fierce ancestors. G loves eating and cooking with friends and fam, throwing down on the grill and being a butch Tia. She is a film maker, designer, and cultural organizer while working as a union carpenter. She works mostly with her friends and fam as a collective member in Unbound Bodies, a QTBIPoC multi-disciplinary creative space making and taking effort that centers and creates work for and by QTBIPoC folks, especially seeing this creative effort as a form of healing. (2018-2020)
TJ is an educator and art historian who’s been teaching porn studies for nearly a decade. She’s a white cis femme pervert who loves cruising in library stacks, learning about power, and supporting liberation. TJ’s research is based in LGBTQ community archives and has been recognized by the Leeway Foundation and the Leather Archives and Museum. (2018-2019)
Wit López is a hairy, disabled, gender non-conforming/nonbinary trans performance/visual artist and independent curator of African American and Boricua descent. Their work explores the absurd and the macabre as tools of healing and decolonization. And honestly, they are probably somewhere laughing right now. (2018-2019)