woman of Color in the center of a poster surrounded by words in context of the exhibit titled Parallax: Revisioning Queer and Trans People of Color in Photography

Parallax: ReVisioning Queer and Trans People of Color in Photography

ReVisioning Queer and Trans People of Color in Photography. Green Background with women in orange halo.

Parallax: ReVisioning Queer and Trans People of Color in Photography

Featuring: Mengwen Cao, Eli Wirija, Gabriel Garcia-Roman, Ka-Man Tse

Presented by

Authority Collective


Photoville Talks at St. Ann’s Warehouse are produced by United Photo Industries and supported in part by PhotoWings and the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.

Saturday, September 14 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: St. Ann’s Warehouse


A panel discussion featuring the photographers and curators of the Authority Collective’s Parallax group show, sharing their perspectives on imaging the QTPOC experience.

RSVP to this talk on Facebook! All Photoville talks are free, first come, first served. Seating is limited and not guaranteed.


Gabriel Garcia Roman Gabriel Garcia Roman was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and raised in Chicago’s northwest side. He received his Bachelor of Arts from The City College of New York where he studied studio art. Garcia is a photo-based artist and craftsman exploring identity through printmaking, fiber arts, and woodworking.

His work has been shown at the International Center of Photography (ICP), Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Museum of Latin American Art, and Galeria de la Raza, to name a few. He is part of ICP’s permanent collection. Gabriel is a 2018 recipient of National Association of Latino Arts & Culture’s artist grant.

Most recently, he brought his Queer Icons series to the streets of New York City, where he collaborated with the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art to create a monumental procession of 100 of his images for World Pride 2019.

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Ka-Man Tse is an artist and educator. She received a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College. She has exhibited at the Lianzhou Foto Festival in Guangdong, China, at Para Site in Hong Kong, the WMA Masters Exhibition, Transition, at Videotage Hong Kong, the Museum of Chinese in America in New York, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Palm Springs Art Museum.

She has mounted solo shows at Aperture in New York CIty, Lumenvisum in Hong Kong, and the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the recipient of the 2014 Robert Giard Fellowship, a 2017-2018 Research Award from the Yale University Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies (FLAGS), and the 2018 Aperture Portfolio Prize. She was chosen as a 2019 Artist Residence at Light Work in Syracuse. Her monograph, narrow distances was published by Candor Arts in 2018. She teaches at Parsons.



Born in Hangzhou, China, Mengwen Cao is a photographer, videographer, and multimedia producer based in New York. Their recent work investigates the in-between space of race, gender, and cultural identity. Their projects have been featured in The New York Times, NPR, Mashable, BUST, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Sina, Tencent etc. They have participated in international exhibitions like Photoville, Jimei x Arles, and the Lianzhou Foto Festival.

They graduated from New Media Narratives and Documentary Practice programs at the International Center of Photography. They were a 2018 fellow at Magnum Foundation. They were selected as one of 2018 Lit List and 2019 PDN 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch. They are one of the board members of Authority Collective and a founding member of Chinese Storytellers.

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Tara Pixley is a Los Angeles based visual journalist, writer, and professor, with fifteen years experience as a photojournalist and editor for news media, including: Newsweek, The New York Times and CNN. Her photography rethinks visual representations of gender, race and sexuality.

Tara’s documentary film work has screened from Los Angeles to Paris, and her writing has been published by Photovoice, PDN Magazine, Canon Pro, and Black Scholar, among others. Following a 2016 visiting fellowship at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism, her Nieman Reports cover story on photojournalism was awarded a 2017 Folio: Ozzie Award. She is a founding member of RECLAIM Photo and Authority Collective.



Elizabeth “Eli” Wirija is a photographer and creative originally born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. Currently based in New York. She obtained a B.F.A from School of Visual Arts. She is fully well-versed in different avenues of photography including but not limited to fashion, documentary and commercial. She strives to continually uplift her people and other groups to level the playing field since there are certain preventative structures in our current society.