Chapter IV: Masculine Ken addresses the stigma around mental illnesses. Ken and his counterparts openly embody and embrace various stages of mental disturbances in an attempt to heal the secret that we share. 

Ken delves into some research on stigmas around mental illnesses, inflicted upon within ourselves and by others, especially in poc communities, ~white professionals~ spewing nonsense and sifting through the truths, overstimulation, toxic masculinity, prayer and balance

Masculine Ken on the Secret We Share v.2 was presented as a live performance and screening at Navel in Los Angeles as commissioned for the 2018 Queer Biennial.

The performance functioned as a TEDx simulation, complete with a living specimen inside a glass cage installation, informational videos, stage dialogue, echoed choreography and spoken word.

Dominique McDougal ... as the Patient 

Elliot Reed ... as the Doctor (Masculine Ken) 

& Jerome AB ...  as the Groundskeeper


Safe face ... Merritt Meacham

Photography by Phuc Le

Masculine Ken on the Secret We Share v.1 was presented as a live performance in a storefront window on Sept 27, 2017 at Catinca Tabacaru Gallery in New York City.

DeVonn Francis ... as the Doctor (Masculine Ken)

Tara-Jo Tashna ... as the Witness 

& Jerome AB ...  as the Inpatient


Spoken word ... Precious Okoyomon 

Safe face ... Merritt Meacham

Photography by Adam Lehrer


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