Kiam | Chakrubs | Burgundy Fox

Chakrubs | Burgundy Fox | Colunga Jewelry | Petty Butter | Michelle Swoons | Perry Fish | Alicia Diamond |

The Robey Hotel
With Burgundy Fox & Chakrubs
Michelle Swoons  hair & makeup
Perry Fish & Alicia Diamond planned and photographed the event

Kiam was the host for the day and along with meeting with each participant personally they also lead the entire group in a guided meditation.

Kiam Marcelo Junio is a holistic healer and interdisciplinary artist creating work across media through dance and performance, video, installation, photography, and writing. Their research and artwork center around queering identities, Philippine history and the Filipino diaspora, creation myths and herstories, and personal and collective healing through collaborative practices and individual self-work. Kiam served seven years in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. Their work has been exhibited, screened, and performed in New York City, Mexico City, Cadiz, and Montreal, and throughout Chicago at Boyfriends, Roots & Culture, Defibrillator, Links Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art, Hyde Park Art Center, the Bijou Theater, and the Field Museum. They were born in the Philippines, and have lived in the U.S., Japan, and Spain. 



Marcelo Junio

The role of the artist, the magician, the prophet, and each individual, is to bring about change in the world through one's own personal transformations, revolutions, and revelations.

As an artist who is also a person of color, Asian American, Filipino immigrant, US Navy veteran, gender-fluid, and decidedly queer, my work exists within these contexts but is not bound by them. I use a multidisciplinary approach in my research and art making. I develop a conceptual ecosystem in which my works function in myriad ways, informing one another.  I create photos, installations, videos, and performances.  I work collaboratively with local artists, dancers, musicians, and organizers. I foster relationships within my communities, and relish in our blossoming. By working with others, we come to know and become more ourselves. 

I look towards the future and feel its inertia - the momentum that propels us into infinite uncharted moments, carrying the past forward.

- Kiam Marcelo Junio


I went through so much personal growth this year, faced my shadows and got to know my wounds, tended to the inner child within. I confronted my memories as they showed up and picked up my wounded selves from those moments I abandoned myself and when I felt I had no one to turn to. This is the only form of time travel we can truly do. I’m glad to have done so much to learn self-love.
— Kiam
Alicia Diamond