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KINK OUT: EPHEMERA Opening Celebration

Image Courtesy of Jolene’s Night.

Opening Celebration

Kink Out is a bi-coastal collective that unites people of diverse identities with lived experience in BDSM culture through art, activism, community organizing, and conversation. With KINK OUT: EPHEMERA, a month-long residency, the collective transforms MOCA’s WAREHOUSE into an active archive for those who live and love differently. Drawing on physical and oral histories the residency brings together The Carter /Johnson Library and Collection, a compilation of printed material which celebrates sexuality from the 1700’s to the present day, and a regular schedule of performances, panels, workshops, and community events, to explore the intersection between contemporary art, activism, and leather, kink, BDSM, and sex worker communities.

EPHEMERA opens with an afternoon of conversation, music, food, and celebration, presented in collaboration with Cruise LA. The event centers on a discussion between The Carter/Johnson Library and Collection co-founder Viola Johnson and multimedia artist, activist, actress, and producer Zackary Drucker. Guests can also enjoy DJ sets from YourMuther and Eva Myra May and live performances by dancers from Jolene’s Night.

KINK OUT: EPHEMERA is co-organized with kd Diamond and Daphne aka EthicalDrvgs in collaboration with The Carter/Johnson Library and Collection.
KINK OUT: EPHEMERA contains sexually explicit content. Parents should use discretion.

Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, filmmaker, and cultural producer. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including The Baltimore Museum of Art, the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMA PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, MCA San Diego, and SF MoMA, among others. Drucker is an Emmy nominated producer for the docuseries This Is Me, and was a producer on the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning Amazon show Transparent. The Lady and The Dale, her directorial debut for television, premiered on HBO in 2021. Her follow-up project with HBO, The Stroll, won a Special Jury Award: Clarity of Vision, at Sundance 2023. Her standalone directorial feature QUEENMAKER was released on Hulu in May 2023.

Viola Johnson (Vi / Mama Vi) is a leatherwoman, activist, motivational speaker, and author who has been active in the leather BDSM scene for almost five decades. Vi has served as a mentor to countless individuals, and was dubbed "Mom" by several generations of Leathermen and women. She is delighted to now be “Grandmom” and Great Grandmom to a whole new generation of “kinklings”.

Vi is passionately involved with preserving the history of the SM/Leather/Fetish communities. She is the Owner and Senior Griot of the Carter/Johnson Library and Collection and serves on the organization’s Board of Directors, as well as on the Board of Directors for the Leather Hall of Fame. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors of the Leather Archives & Museum. Vi is a Lifetime Member of ONYX, proud to be one of the eight original PEARLS and a member of ONYX Pearls Mid-Atlantic chapter. She is also a charter member of Tulsa Uniform Leather Seekers Association (T.U.L.S.A.), the Lesbian Sex Mafia (LSM). Vi has spoken at numerous academic institutions, including Bryn Mawr and Barnard Colleges, Orange Coast College, Oklahoma State University and Kean College. She continues to speak and serve on panels and as a keynote speaker at a wide variety of events and organizations.

Vi has received numerous honors for her work. She is the 2019 Forebearer Award from Tri-State Leather. The 2018 Leathertarian Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from Pantheon of Leather, the National Leather Association, the first Lifetime Achievement given by Black Beat, and the Palm Springs (CA) Pride Organization "Spirit of Stonewall Award". Additionally, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) honored her in 2012 with its Leather Leadership Award at its Creating Change conference in Baltimore. Vi is a 2014 inductee into the Society of Janus Hall of Fame, the recipient of the Pantheon of Leather "Woman of the Year" and Forebear Award, The Legacy Award from Sweat In The City, The Jack Stice Award, The Slave Heart Award from the Master/slave Conference in Washington D.C, The Golden Paintbrush Award at Southwest Leather Conference in Arizona. Viola is the author of two books, Dhampir, Child of the Blood and To Love, To Obey, To Serve. She has written for numerous magazines and newspapers over her almost fifty years in service to her tribe.

Viola is the wife of the first Black IMsL, Jill Carter, International Ms. Leather 1996. They have been together 49 years.

Becky Peach (Jolene’s Night) is an energetic and seductive performer known for captivating the audience with her flips, tricks, and splits. Whether she’s swinging from the pole or slithering on the floor Becky always delivers a passionate performance that leaves the crowd wanting more.

ViVi S. Fierce (Jolene’s Night) “When you think of Hollywood you think of beauties such as Anna Nicole Smith or Angyline The Billboard Queen. Well this Jumbo Bimbo is exactly that! The next pink flame of LA!”

Bibi Discoteca (Jolene's Night), she/her, is a drag performer, showgirl, community organizer, and producer from Los Angeles, CA. Performing for 8 years now, she brings life and electricity to every stage she graces. With each performance, she hopes to transport the audience into her world, even if just for a brief moment in time, and share her magic.

Paloma "Esmeralda" Michel (Jolene's Night) is a Southern California Native. A Mexican American woman of trans experience, Esmeralda prides herself on pushing visibility for trans POC and the plus size community. She has ten years of dance training, having worked as a professional contemporary ballet/modern dancer pre-pandemic and pre-transition. Outside of dancing at trans inclusive and body inclusive strip/pole events, Esmeralda also participates in LA's Queer Ballroom Scene and is an active member of the House of Marc Jacobs and the Kiki House of Juicy Couture.

Kink Out brings intersecting communities together. An ever-evolving container, Kink Out is a performance platform, ritual space, screening room, art collaboration, panel discussion, BDSM club, rally, call to action, tattoo studio, art auction, and fundraiser for communities most affected by the injustice of censorship, criminalization, and demonization of their lives and livelihoods.

Daphne aka EthicalDrvgs is a multidisciplinary artist most known for visual art and immersive performance art experiences. Her performance work has centered around the endurance of the divine feminine form and often features different variations of live body modifications. Her work centers the necessity of decriminalization and the advocacy of sex workers, often using visuals to show the unseen moments of the lives of sexworkers, specifically working trans girls, in order to reveal the aspects of their lives that many don’t get to see unless involved intimately. You can catch Daphne performing throughout LA either at shows or as a DJ.

kd diamond is a local tattoo artist, illustrator, and community organizer. One of the founding members of the Kink Out collective, diamond primarily uses her tattooing and art as methods to connect and engage community and politic. She’s illustrated over a dozen books about sex, gender, and sexuality. diamond recently opened Commonground Studio, a queer tattoo shop in Cypress Park.

The Carter/Johnson Library and Collection is a collective history of the communities who have chosen to live and love differently and features over 15,000 books (both fiction and non-fiction), periodicals, posters and other art, newsletters, and ephemera documenting the history of SM/Leather/Kink from early drawings documenting human sexuality to the present day. As the only library of its kind, it is our responsibility to let these communities know that their history is rich and long. The Library is designed to let people see it, hold it, read it and know it.

Wonmi’s WAREHOUSE Programs is organized by Alex Sloane, Associate Curator, and is produced by Amelia Charter, Producer of Performance and Programs with Michele Huizar, Programming Assistant, The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles.

Wonmi's WAREHOUSE Programs is founded by Wonmi & Kihong Kwon and Family.