Since 2005, Samantha Box has documented New York City's community of LGBTQ youth of color, the social issues affecting these young adults, and the structures of family, intimacy and validation that bind and protect them. The resulting body of work, INVISIBLE, is a continuing multi-chapter exploration into the lives of this young community.
The first part of INVISIBLE, “The Shelter, The Street”, documented the under-reported issue of homelessness among LGBTQ youth, and explored the chosen family bonds that supported these young adults, helping them to survive in New York City without a home. The second part, “The Last Battle”, currently in production, focuses on the impact of HIV on LGBTQ youth of color, and the community's attempts to fight back against this renewed epidemic through the activism of the Kiki Ballroom scene.
INVISIBLE has been widely recognized, most notably by EN FOCO’s New Works program in 2009, and with a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 2010. It has been repeatedly exhibited, including in 2010 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY; in 2011 as part of the Open Society Foundation's "Moving Walls #18" exhibtion; and in 2013 as part of the The Leslie-Lohman Musuem of Gay and Lesbian Art's "Queers In Exile" exhibition. Images from INVISIBLE are part of the permanent collections of the Open Society Foundation, EN FOCO, Light Work and The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.
Samantha was born in Kingston, Jamaica, was raised in Edison, New Jersey and is now based in the Bronx.
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