"Gabbing with Gays" is the culmination of more than a year of work.
January 2020: Zach enrolled in PIMA 7020, a course which focused on Archiving and Community Engagement
Feburary 2020: Zach became interested in researching Emotional Intimacy in the LGBTQIA community as a result of class discussions
March 2020: The cov-id 19 pandemic forced a lockdown across the world
Early April 2020: Zach began conducting virtual, one-on-one interviews about Emotional Intimacy in the LGBTQIA community
End of April 2020: Zach assembled a group to take part in a ritual where we symbolically and physically destroyed barriers to Intimacy. You may watch the video here
May 2020: Emotional Intimacy Group began having regular meetings
August/ September 2020: The number of participants expanded, creating two synchronous groups and an asynchronous group
November 2020: First public presentation of the piece using QR codes
December 2020: The title "Gabbing with Gays" was coined
January 2021: Logo finalized
February 2021: Long Island City was chosen as the location for "Gabbing with Gays."
March 2021: Second public presentation of "Gabbing with Gays."
April 2021: Creation and field testing of the logo, stickers, signs, and QR codes
May 2021: The launch!
If you want to hear more about my process, listen to my Artist's Talk interview.