Tuck and Roll (v.); The technique, almost always done while running, involves diving forward in such a way that your shoulder lands on the ground first, and you roll into a little ball. As you come out of the ball, immediately spring back up into a running stance, or move into a kneeling position.
Cheeking (v.); The act of trying to conceal something in a mouth in a hope that it will not be discovered .
Natural (adj.); attributed to natural agents such as malfunctions of the body. The majority as “natural”
were due to complications.
I hate the feeling of a damp swimsuit between my legs, sticky
with sweat, melted chapstick or fruit juice. The imprint of grass on
calf muscle. Sunburn on only the left ear. Do we wait for
homeplace or do we create it?
Tuck + Roll builds a trans community situated in the Midwest, examining what a utopia could look like in domestic and private landscapes through the lens of magical realism. I center collected objects, hair, quiet performance, and unfetishized body and pull materials integral to queer nightlife into the daylight. Using close friends and trans siblings as stand-ins for biological family, these images manifest a desire to have unconditional relationships without letting go of the landscape I grew up in. Made in areas around western Pennsylvania and across Michigan and shot on large-format film, I hope these images slow down and give expense to trans portrayal across the region.
Special thanks to Aleem Hurst // Erasure text repurposed from US technical police manuals dating from 1995 to 2018.