Martyr
Photographer/Drag Artist
After being sexually assaulted at 17, I was mockingly called a “martyr.” I’ve reclaimed this insult as both a stage name and inspiration of my work. Using catholic imagery, themes, and characters, I’ve attempted to make sense of myself after experiencing such tragedy. I took to performance art to work out these intense emotions, while also creating an environment where my audience can recognize their own sadness, and we can share that moment together. As a photographer, I took elements of my performance art and drag to both document the ephemeral nature of the work and expanding complex ideas. This allows me to create characters that cannot physically exist on stage, while also fleshing out unique scenarios for each of them.

LINKS

DISCOVER

Rochelle Jordan Plays With The Changes
Ukraine 2022: “Is This Happening?”
Hysteria, Longing, and the Eros of Open Mouths
“MEET MARKET” Grindr Valentine’s Day Party
Devil’s Playground: Bloody Valentine 2022
Filmography Portrait of Keanu Reeves
Glam Awards 2022
Oscars Portrait of Adam Driver

TIMELINE


Collaborations

  • Martyr: Where Was God When I Was Raped?


    After being sexually assaulted at seventeen, I sought answers about my identity.

  • Martyr: Where Was God When I Was Raped?


    After being sexually assaulted at seventeen, I sought answers about my identity.

Martyr
Photographer/Drag Artist
After being sexually assaulted at 17, I was mockingly called a “martyr.” I’ve reclaimed this insult as both a stage name and inspiration of my work. Using catholic imagery, themes, and characters, I’ve attempted to make sense of myself after experiencing such tragedy. I took to performance art to work out these intense emotions, while also creating an environment where my audience can recognize their own sadness, and we can share that moment together. As a photographer, I took elements of my performance art and drag to both document the ephemeral nature of the work and expanding complex ideas. This allows me to create characters that cannot physically exist on stage, while also fleshing out unique scenarios for each of them.
DISCOVER
Rochelle Jordan Plays With The Changes
Ukraine 2022: “Is This Happening?”
Hysteria, Longing, and the Eros of Open Mouths
“MEET MARKET” Grindr Valentine’s Day Party
Devil’s Playground: Bloody Valentine 2022
Filmography Portrait of Keanu Reeves
Glam Awards 2022
adam driver illustration painted on ipad with black, light and drak grey tones on cyan background
Oscars Portrait of Adam Driver

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BIOGRAPHY

After being sexually assaulted at 17, I was mockingly called a “martyr.” I’ve reclaimed this insult as both a stage name and inspiration of my work. Using catholic imagery, themes, and characters, I’ve attempted to make sense of myself after experiencing such tragedy. I took to performance art to work out these intense emotions, while also creating an environment where my audience can recognize their own sadness, and we can share that moment together. As a photographer, I took elements of my performance art and drag to both document the ephemeral nature of the work and expanding complex ideas. This allows me to create characters that cannot physically exist on stage, while also fleshing out unique scenarios for each of them.

BIO

Alexey Kim is a New York City–based independent queer artist, writer, journalist, and photographer. He is the founder of the LGBTQIA+ focused news editorial vertical Sidewalkkilla.com. Alexey was born in Kazakhstan, formerly part of the USSR, eventually moving to the US in his early teens.


Alexey started his career as a photo contributor to Gayletter magazine in June 2018, covering events, parties, and fashion shows, and photographing still life and editorial shoots for the magazine’s blog as well as print issues of the magazine.


Alexey’s work has also been published in The New York Times, New York Magazine, V magazine, WWD, Paper, Out, The Cut, them., Glamour, Advocate, People, Buzzfeed and more.


In June 2019 Alexey decided to start his own venture and founded an LGBTQIA+ news editorial vertical called Sidewalkkilla.com, concentrating on nightlife, events, and personal stories from the LGBTQIA+ community.


Alexey has extensive experience in social media management, still, product, portrait, fashion, event, and nightlife photography. His past and present clients include Indochine NYC, Sotheby’s, Douglas Elliman, Geena Rocero, Major Food Group, Gayletter, The Beau Next Door, Flowerling, EdoEyen, Revery clothing, and Octomobility.