I watched the shy and sweet Otaku transform into a powerful goddess warrior as she portrayed Kagome from Inyuasha. Cosplay isn’t just about getting dressed up but also about connecting with your character. She’s found her home inside of her craft and that is powerful.
Photographer Gabriel Garcia Roman’s portraits feature friends and acquaintances, activists and poets, Americans and immigrants — some naturalized, some undocumented.
All of them are queer people of color.
“I wanted to specifically focus on this community because queer and trans people of color are so rarely represented in the art world,” says Roman, who is Mexican-American and also identifies as queer.
The photo series, called “Queer Icons,” evokes the colorful, religious artwork that Roman grew up with. “Because I grew up Catholic in a Mexican community in Chicago, my first introduction to art was religious art,” he says.
He was particularly inspired by the fresco paintings of haloed saints that decorated the walls of his neighborhood church. “I’ve always thought of the halo as something very powerful — it’s like a badge of nobility,” he says.
And because Roman’s subjects are activists and artists who do good for the community, “I wanted to represent them as saints,” he says.
He also wanted to capture their pride and their strength. “I wanted them to be warriors — that’s why a lot of them are looking straight at the camera, saying ‘Here I am, and I’m not going to hide.’”
When creating COCA, we wanted to create a platform that could be about and enjoyed by the POC community that highlights diversity, thoughts and passions that we share. We are looking for contributors to write for our site, if you’re interested message us! So what are we about:
COCA Mag is a online and print (still in the making)
magazine that showcases all forms of art, writing, music, fashion by and
for p.o.c (people of color).
COCA was created as a platform that
strives to give a voice and a space for p.o.c creatives. This platform
is inclusive and push diversity into these mediums that allows for
critical thought and open conversation. We make it our mission to
publish work that is real and transparent. We tell our stories through
our work and we want to share yours.
We are currently accepting submissions for VISUALS for our August issue! Photography, drawings, paintings, etc. are all welcome (even short films). Email us at email@example.com if you have any questions!
General submissions are still welcome, but any writing sent in for this issue may be postponed until the next one because we are currently backed up.
Sula is also looking for illustrators, graphic designers, and photographers to join our staff so please visit our FAQ and send in an email if you’re interested in being part of our team!!