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Quito Ziegler is an artist who likes to play with gender, glitter, string, recycled afghan blankets, and their old Nikon camera. Lately they are particularly fond of making tassels, writing faerie tales, and planting seeds for the Forest of the Future.
A book of their photographs from Brooklyn’s radical queer/transgender community will be published in 2014. They also recently curated a web gallery on lost transgender history for Visual AIDS.
They have organized a wide range of collaborative interdisciplinary projects in New York City’s queer community including hosting an intergenerational storytelling hour about the AIDS crisis, producing a series of six new performance commissions for a magical garden on the Lower East Side, curating a reperformance marathon of 17 of Marina Abramovic’s major works by kinky queers, and installing an art and performance lab in a downtown gallery in conjunction with the MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival.
Quito is the former producer of the Moving Walls photography exhibition at the Open Society Foundations, where they also coordinated other global projects that explored the intersection of photography and human rights. They are a co-founder of the Department of Transformation artist collective and the Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network, an immigrant rights organization which they co-directed from 2003-2006 while producing large-scale public photography projects on immigration issues.
They are the proud parent of a beloved community-sustained van called the Trojan Pony, who sometimes requires moonlight beach parties in order to sustain her unfortunate habit of breaking down constantly. In 2008 they received an MFA from the International Center of Photography, where they now serve as faculty, teaching such courses as ‘Collaborating with NGOs’ and ‘the Logistics of Dreams.’
Quito recently returned to Brooklyn after a six-month sabbatical, dividing their time between Vermont, Berlin and the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire.