“[Happy Birthday, Marsha!] is a lush and speculative portrait of Marsha P. Johnson, a black trans woman and New York City activist who was at the forefront of gay liberation, economic and racial justice, and AIDS activism for more than thirty years… Together, Gossett and Wortzel decided that this history needed to be animated, not just archived.” – Grace Dunham, The New Yorker, Nov 19, 2015
Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel are New York-based artists from Boston, MA and Fort Myers FL, respectively. Since 2005 they have collaborated on projects primarily in time-based media at the intersection of art and activism that address the systematic erasure of identities and histories rooted in alterity. Group exhibitions include Bring Your Own Body: Transgender Between Archives and Aesthetics, Cooper Gallery, New York, NY; Let’s Piece Our Knowing Together (with Wynne Greenwood), New Museum, New York, NY (2015); Rethinking Gender and Revealing New Paths, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (2015); and Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin, Germany (2014). Their awards and grants include Queer/Art/Mentorship, QueerArt, New York, NY (2012-2013); Art Matters Foundation Grant, New York, NY (2015); and Global Arts Fund, Astraea Foundation, New York, NY (2015). Gossett holds a B.F.A from Columbia University and Wortzel holds an M.F.A from Hunter College.
Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist