Miracles on 163rd

Ho Tam

2001, 25:00 minutes, colour, music. sound


Miracles on 163rd is a documentary video about a friend's Christmas Party in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City where the artist has resided or some years. Presented in real time and without the artist's commentary, the video functions almost like an ethnographic study of race, gender and sexual politics. In a way, it simulates the wandering eyes of the artist in an environment consisting mostly of African or Latino American males. It also poses questions on the role of the artist and explores who is the outsider in such a situation. In addition, the decor of the apartment is itself a study on queer aesthetics, bringing the viewers in to look at how art and kitsch function in everyday life.

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