Nicholas Contrera and I recently met for a beer on the patio of a queer dive bar in Brooklyn. Almost immediately after sitting down he started telling me about the projects he has in the works: a photo series capturing genderqueer night life personalities, and his spread in this year's NYC Pride guide. I know that passion is very present in his work.
Jesus arrives as a gay man of today in a modern city with "The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision," a controversial series of paintings. The paintings and the new book that I wrote about them have been attacked as blasphemy by conservative Christians. But we refuse to concede Jesus to those who act like they own the copyright on Christ, then use him as a weapon to dominate others.
I stumbled across him on Instagram, and the longer I watched the work he was producing, the more I realized I had to profile him immediately. I sent out some screen shots of his work to past interviewees, and everyone was blown away and couldn't believe he's only 23. I got in contact with him and interviewed him, and it's my pleasure to introduce to the world Narong Tintamusik.