Working (2023) is a short film by artist and filmmaker Pau S. Pescador that explores the stories of trans individuals employed as government employees at a time when legal protections have become contested ground. Pescador addresses these conditions in a video comprising interviews with US government trans employees and cultural historians to understand the challenges that this bureaucratic environment presents for trans individuals. Despite the legal protections for gender expression, what are the experience of trans individuals as they navigate the complexity and conservative nature of government bureaucracy?
Pau S. Pescador (she/they) is a contemporary trans fem nonbinary artist who works in film, photography, and performance that lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Select exhibitions and screenings include: 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica; Biquini Wax, Mexico City, Cal State Dominguez Hills Art Gallery, Carson; Campbell Hall Gallery, Los Angeles; Coastal/Borders, Getty Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA at Angels Gate Cultural Center; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Klefied Museum, Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach; Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Select performances include: Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena; JOAN, Los Angeles; Performa 2015, New York; Situations, New York; REDCAT, Los Angeles and Salon Silicon, Mexico City. Her first collection of writing, CRUSHES: A NOVELLA, was published by Econo Textual Objects in Spring 2017.
dir. Pau S. Pescador, 2022, digital projection
8pm screening + performance
As part of ONE Archives Foundation’s 2023 Circa: Queer Histories Festival Whammy! hosts three screenings and one expanded cinema performance piece on the 14th, 17th, 18th and 22nd.
Image courtesy of artist and Tyler Park Presents.