Silent Crisis A multi-media performance that uses drag and movement to talk about how queer identities are performed as they switch contexts, in my case, from Karachi, Pakistan to San Francisco. Coming from a conservative society and a political family, I was often at the cross section of a public self, a familial self and the third, a personal self. In discovering and understanding of my queerness it became clear that I had to choose between a complex personal identity and a more legible public persona. It was my silent crisis. After moving to San Francisco, a gay mecca to most, I found myself in another crisis, Islamophobia and a white dominated gay scene had made it seem as if my Islam was in direct conflict with my sexuality.
Video footage by Mark Mcbeth at SAFEHouse For the Arts, 1 Grove Street
San Francisco, 2017