I Am The Lovers @ LAB4

LAB4 photo by Briheda Haylock
photo by Briheda Haylock

Last week I performed a new piece at the Image Factory Art Foundation in Belize City. It was part of LAB4, a two-week experimental art space created and curated by Katie Numi Usher. This is the fourth year of the LAB and I’ve been so grateful to be a part of the last two installments of this project. It’s been a huge part of my creative process here in Belize, as it’s challenged me to make something new every year. It’s also been awesome to be part of a project which features the work of so many great artists in Belize.  Continue reading “I Am The Lovers @ LAB4”

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Reaching: On Dreams, Goals & Milestones

Naked Layers Garner exhibit
Naked Layers exhibition at Garner Art Center, photo by Novel Idea

There are periods of time that seem to drag on so slowly it feels like being underwater. And then there are periods that seem to move so quickly it feels like riding an electric current. The last three months have flown by in a flash, full of ups and downs, stops and starts, and unexpected surprises. They have also been really productive and I’ve done some things I’m especially proud of.  Continue reading “Reaching: On Dreams, Goals & Milestones”

Affirmative: An LGBT Conference in Belize City

feet in garden by Kyana Brindle

I spent the weekend in Belize City at a 4-day conference held by COC Netherlands for their partnership with LGBT organizations in Belize. COC is working with 16 countries through their newly-initiated PRIDE program (Partnership for Rights, Inclusivity, Diversity and Equality). I was presenting the research I’ve been doing with PETAL over the past few months about lesbian and bisexual women in Belize. The conference was a lot of work and I was very glad to be there. Continue reading “Affirmative: An LGBT Conference in Belize City”

Holding, Healing, Releasing: Full Moon In Taurus

seashore

I spent the weekend at home writing a research report about the needs of lesbian and bisexual women in Belize. It took a tremendous amount of effort. For days since the election results I couldn’t find the mental or emotional energy to do much beyond the basics. But yesterday I was grateful to have that report to focus on. It reminded me of who I am, what I value, and why I do the work I do. Continue reading “Holding, Healing, Releasing: Full Moon In Taurus”

Legacy/Love at LAB3

Kyana Brindle at LAB3, photo by Yasser Musa
from Legacy/Love at LAB3 2016, photo by Yasser Musa

I performed this week in LAB3 at the Image Factory Art Foundation in Belize City.  The LAB is a two-week experimental art project in the gallery curated by Kate Numi Usher, where artists create work in the space for display or performance within a 48-hour period. It is a wonderful project and I am grateful to have participated in it again this year. Continue reading “Legacy/Love at LAB3”

Up Close From Afar: On Being A Black American Abroad

PETAL team
The team of PETAL (Promoting Empowerment Through Awareness for Lesbian/Bisexual Women)

I recently came across an article on Facebook where the author, a black American woman living abroad, was telling other black Americans to “stay woke” while living in other countries. She insisted that we need to stay involved in American politics by communicating with legislators and absentee voting on state and local levels, among other things. She also spoke about acknowledging our privilege of having the luxury to live abroad, and using that unique position as a way to stay politically active. Continue reading “Up Close From Afar: On Being A Black American Abroad”