Kalup Linzy

Romo Gallery

So, anyway, rich and hunky Harry proposes to Taiwan . . . you know, Taiwan, the gay African-American lip-synch performance artist? And poor Taiwan doesn’t know what to do. He loves Harry, but he’s not sure he can commit. He’s not sure what his family will think, what his church will think. He talks to his sister on the phone, he calls a psychic, he calls his mother, who calls her mother. . . . He just can’t decide!

These are the days of our lives. Actually, this is one day in the life of Taiwan, a character that artist Kalup Linzy portrays on video and in live performance. In Conversations wit de Churen III: Da Young and Da Mess, 2005, an episode in an ongoing video soap opera, Taiwan must choose between his lover and the life to which he is accustomed. Linzy tackles the ripped-from-the-headlines topic of same-sex marriage with humor and pathos. The video is no polemic—it takes the idea of

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