Seven Minutes In Heaven With Artistic Director Tina Colleen | GO Mag

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When I first saw the photographs from Ebony Queer Goddess venture, I happened to be therefore relocated. These spectacular shots show exactly how motivated the queer neighborhood is actually — and in addition it proves just how vital QTPOC aesthetic representation is. Tina Colleen is the Creative Director behind your panels, and she in addition was actually a model your shoot. Colleen had a vision for this shoot, which she defines as a part of her recovery process, and photographer Amanda Clare assisted this lady reify it.

Become familiar with Colleen below within our Seven Minutes in paradise.

GO: who will be both you and what kind of fuel will you like putting call at worldwide?

Tina Colleen:

My name is Tina Colleen. I’m a writer, poet, activist, and I operate in advanced schooling. I will be a black plus-size queer cis-female and also the innovative Director of this

Dark Queer Goddess Venture: The Plus-Size Femme


The vitality i love getting out into the globe is actually truth and positivity. It is so crucial for people to walk in their unique reality. We need to do the work internally to comprehend our very own facts. That’s what i did so with this particular photo show. Your panels was due to pity that I have always thought. The pity of my personal plus-size human anatomy, the pity of however getting solitary inside my thirties, the shame of perhaps not feeling desirable or provided. I made a decision to use the negativity I was experiencing and channel it into anything positive.

GO: What is the power behind your photos?


I wish I was a photographer! I’m always the Director and/or Producer of my personal projects. For this image series, we created the entire eyesight and introduced everybody collectively. Amanda Clare (IG: @thedivulgeproject) ended up being the photographer and brought my personal concept alive.

The power behind my personal projects will be the search to healing my self. We developed this photo series to continue down the road to adoring my self, when I are, in the present second.

My after that project could be the

“We Identify as Myself” Project.

It’ll be a documentary and image show honoring queer-trans people of color (QTPOC) that determine as androgynous women, genderqueer and agender men and women. They are the women/people i date. Their particular internal and external struggles have actually impacted us to progress into exactly who Im these days. Furthermore, I’m extremely excited about promoting for individuals. The fluidity and levels of these women/people are paramount and ought to end up being respected. My personal love and fascination with them additionally pushes me with this specific brand-new undertaking.

Picture by Amanda Clare

GO: in which can you choose determination if you are feeling disheartened or exhausted?


When I feel depleted or disheartened I make an effort to go to a hot yoga class, re-read publications from one of the best writers Pema Chödrön, and/or see Netflix with a glass of drink.

Sometimes only doing nothing and spending time with me can help a great deal to re-charge my personal motivation. Self-care is


important to me. I can not supply the world with love and kindness if I cannot 1st provide to my self. I am an extroverted-introvert; i am social, but I wanted only time. I take to my personal hardest to invest time with myself a minumum of one time weekly to disconnect away from innovative work and my personal full time task, to prevent feeling that way.

GO: just why is it crucial that you have pictures in which Black queer folx is able to see themselves symbolized?


Representation is exactly how folks identify normalization. Whenever we never see our selves next we feel like something might wrong around or the audience is insignificant. Everybody else should feel they’re acknowledged. As I examine pictures of men and women inside LGBTQ+ I rarely see representation of myself personally. Once I performed see representation, it was not constantly healthier; either the audience is fetishized and/or illustrated because “best friend.” We’re hardly ever symbolized as attractive adequate to be union material.

Including couples around the photograph collection ended up being deliberate to represent black plus-size queer ladies as attractive and sensual without encouraging fetishism. Also,

Lovia Delva who identifies as androgynous and Tatiana Cruz which identifies as no-label are slimmer than their particular lovers; that representation was also planned. I needed to challenge people’s way of thinking, show them that plus-size QWOC are desired by thinner females and therefore this sort of couple looks beautiful collectively!

I have had lots of women of most races get in touch with give thanks to me personally for producing the image show. One lady said after she watched the picture sets she ordered herself underwear, took a selfie and posted it on Instagram. She told me it was given the absolute most “likes” she actually ever was given on her behalf page. That is why representation is really essential, effective, and desperately required. Permits visitors to live-in their facts and feel they belong.

Photo by Amanda Clare

GO: What does femme imply to you?


While I consider the word “femme,” it means that we found myself in a social elegant fashion. I actually do certainly not connect your message “femme” to always being feminine and that I believe is what confuses individuals.


Culture desires place everyone in a box with a tag therefore tend to be told we should perhaps not deviate from that box/label. This can be specifically related for QTPOC. We have been negatively impacted by Eurocentric notions because people of tone usually are born outside of these expectations. Unfortunately, oftentimes, QTPOC have the involuntary desire to meet these requirements to feel a part of culture, but at the cost of who they are all together. Thus, gender/gender roles became such a taboo discussion for QTPOC.

GO: who happen to be your queer part designs?


Monick Monell with


, Rejected culture clothing as well as other LGBTQ+ companies. I appreciate Monick because she’s a really type and providing individual. She actually is usually researching to help QTPOC achieve their particular targets. Also, Monick mainly works together LGBTQ+ elderly. Older people in many cases are forgotten, knowing the good work Monick does day-after-day, gives myself much expect mankind.

My second queer character product is
Shannon Matesky, the president of Queer Abstract
. Shannon is really an energy of character! Shannon got it upon herself to produce representation and a platform for musicians and artists that QTPOC. She ensures it occurs every next monday of the thirty days, even though she’s not in nyc. This program permits artists the chance to end up being who they are in a safe area, in which they are adored and cherished. Shannon constantly offers this lady struggles; that courage has additionally encouraged us to be more proactive in generating work that commemorates QTPOC.

Both of these powerful ladies took chances on myself once they realized absolutely nothing about me personally, and lent a helping hand without asking for any such thing reciprocally. Without their unique support, the image collection may not have taken place.

Pic by Amanda Clare

GO: in which can folks find you?


Individuals can achieve myself on Instagram @tinac_productions, on Twitter “weight dark Queer Femme” or email myself at



Sizes | Partners

Tina Colleen (@tinac_productions) and Lovia Delva (@nomadkreyol1)

Tatiana Cruz (@_twinns_hotmami_) and Victoria Saint-Lôt (her_twinnytwinntwinn)

Romaine Kelly (@rkellz89) and Oskar Sinclair (@dammit_oskar)


Amanda Clare (@thedivulgeproject)


Iventt Gonzalez (@iventtglam)


Helene Marie (@helene.marie)


Cee Cee’s Closet (@ceeceesclosetnyc)


And And NYC (@andandnyc)