“Nothing But Light” by Anastasia Kuba

Text and artworks by Anastasia Kuba

Nothing But Light by Anastasia Kuba
Photograph from the series ‘Nothing But Light’ by Anastasia Kuba, 2015

Artist Statement by Anastasia Kuba

Anastasia Kuba: ‘“Nothing But Light” explores concepts of boundaries,vulnerability, and consent. We all experience the world through our bodies. The body is the easiest target for disrespect, worship, objectification, shame, neglect, control, and attachment. The violation of a person’s dignity often begins with disrespect of their body, and restoration of control begins with the acknowledgment that a person’s body matters and inherently deserves respect.

We crave to be seen and accepted, but opening up, we lose control over the consequences. We have no guarantee that our trust will not be violated and boundaries will not be crossed, we risk rejection and abandonment. To protect ourselves, we hide our truth. But the more walls we build, the more isolated we feel.

Allowing someone to see your body is a form of surrender.

The task of the project is to create an empathic and respectful space for people to surrender within the boundaries of consent, so they can see themselves, and be seen as they are.’

Nothing But Light by Anastasia Kuba
Photograph from the series ‘Nothing But Light’ by Anastasia Kuba, 2015

Nothing But Light by Anastasia Kuba
Photograph from the series ‘Nothing But Light’ by Anastasia Kuba, 2015

Nothing But Light – Project Description

To create a consistent, minimalistic body of work that represents people without social implications of interiors and clothes, subjects are photographed nude in a studio: natural lighting, no make up, no Photoshop.

Participants have an option to photograph the artist nude in the same setting on their camera/phone. Both parties have to fully rely on mutual respect and communication to create collaborative art. Only images that are approved by both the artist and the subject are published or displayed. After the photographs are selected, subjects are asked to submit a statement and record an interview. Photographs and statements are only used in the context of this project.

Approved images and statements are shared on the artist’s website. Photos for the blogs and social media, including Facebook, Instagram and YouTube are selected separately and require a separate consent. Subjects can refuse to have their photo posted on social media.

All participants, except the artist, may use their real names or stay anonymous. The artist is keeping a journal and a video blog to document her process. The artist will ask for permission to share any information she was trusted with during personal or online communications.

Throughout the process of the collaboration, no consent is implied or assumed, everything is discussed individually with each participant. Negotiation is always open, both parties keep the right to have a change of heart at any point.

Subjects can withdraw their photographs from the project by email. In the case of cancelation, their images will be replaced with an image of the wall they were photographed against, and their cancelation email will be quoted alongside their original statement.

The artist intends to photograph and be photographed by 100 people. Anyone over the age of 18 may apply to become a subject. The artist maintains the right to refuse participation to anyone. Participation in a project is free. Photographs are not sold individually, however they might be sold as a collection.

Nothing But Light by Anastasia Kuba
Photograph from the series ‘Nothing But Light’ by Anastasia Kuba, 2015

Nothing But Light by Anastasia Kuba
Photograph from the series ‘Nothing But Light’ by Anastasia Kuba, 2015

About Anastasia Kuba

Anastasia Kuba: ‘As a person who’s lived through a childhood trauma, I’ve struggled to define my boundaries and to understand my value. I was getting a lot of attention because I was conventionally attractive and, naturally, I assigned my worth to my body.

In my early twenties I worked as a dancer in a topless clubs; surprisingly, through this job I developed better boundaries. “No. You can’t. This is not allowed.” — I had to repeat those words over and over again until they became natural.

As I became able to advocate for myself, defining my boundaries with people closest to me still remained a challenge. As I learned to appear confident, my sense of self was still caught in a web.’

Anastasia Kuba 2015In 2008 I quit dancing and became a professional portrait photographer. I photographed hundreds of people of all genders, background and ages. My subjects are learning to recognize the beauty of their bodies unapologetically and these photo sessions, for them, continue to be a radical act of self acceptance.

My work has been published and exhibited internationally. I was the original photographer for the international “Bare” campaign by Woman Enough that went viral in 2014 and was published all over the world, in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, and Shape.

I’ve been helping people to feel comfortable in their body for the past seven years, but I also know that beauty and integrity are not connected. I love my body, yet I am still struggling to unlink my sense of worth from other people’s opinions. I have already learned — no amount of approval from outside can help one to love oneself. Dignity lies elsewhere: in a deep understanding that respect is a human right, not something one needs to “deserve” because a person’s life and integrity are sacred.’

Los Angeles: KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House

Press release by Allyson Mitchell

Photo courtsy of 'Allyson Mitchell
Photo couresy of Allyson Mitchell

KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House

October 16-30, 2015

Plummer Park, West Hollywood
Long Hall
1200 North Vista Street
West Hollywood, CA 90046

OPENING Friday, October 16, 2015, 5:30-9:30pm
CONTINUES from 6:30-9:30pm Saturday and Sunday, October 17 & 18; Thursday-Sunday, October 22-25; and Wednesday-Friday, October 28-30, 2015.

Lesbian Rule

Forget the dead this Halloween.
Feel the pulsing throb of something larger than life in KillJoy’s Kastle.

Each Halloween radical evangelical groups build hell houses. These performer-animated installations showcase a gruesome retribution for the sins of fornication, abortion, suicide, occultism, and—of course—same-sex relationships. This Halloween, Toronto based-artists Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell reclaim this hellish scenario with their sex positive, trans inclusive, queer lesbian-feminist-fear-fighting celebration KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House organized by ONE Archives in West Hollywood. Designed to pervert, not convert, this haunted house of freaky feminist skill sharing and paranormal consciousness-raising reanimates the archive of lesbian herstory with all its wonders and thorny complications. Expect horror.

Holey Hell House!

Dare to be scared by gender-queer apparitions, ball-busting butches, and never-married, happy-as-hell spinsters. Get down on riot ghouls and radical vampiric grannies while channeling your inner consciousness hell-raiser. Each evening of nightmarishly non-assimilated lesbian mayhem will include multiple live performances, bands, video projections, and much more fun too frightening to reveal…just yet.

Deep Lez becomes Creep Lez—Just in time for Halloween
(Insert witchy cackle here)

Follow your demented women’s studies tour guide through the glorious and grisly KillJoy’s Kastle. Groups are welcome, especially the unruly kind. This ground-up, maximalist, not-to-be-missed haunted house—nailed, knit, and glued by a coven of dedicated feminists—provides a rare glimpse into this dystopic/utopic craftivist world-view.

To book viewing appointments or class tours of KillJoy’s Kastle, please contact David Frantz at defrantz@usc.edu. Please note, October 16 through 25 an ASL interpreter will be available for visitors.

KillJoy’s Kastle includes a fully stocked gift shop for all undead lesbian shoppers organized by Otherwild.

KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House originated in collaboration with, and through financial support of, the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), Toronto. Support for this presentation of the KillJoy’s Kastle is provided by the City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission. Additional support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the ONE Archives Foundation.

Join LBTQ Women of Color in a Circle of Learning & Healing in San Francisco

Press release by QWOCMAP – Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project

Learning & Healing Circles

QWOCMAP & SFWAR Life Healing Project for LBTQ Women of Color

Come join LBTQ Women of Color in a Circle of Learning & Healing as we build increased awareness of the factors contributing to violence in our communities AND foster increased commitment to reducing, preventing, and ending violence experienced by LBTQ women of color.

The QWOCMAP-SFWAR Life Healing Project combines intensive popular education and rigorous artistic training to explore our vulnerability and resilience as lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer women of color as we respond to and heal from violence.

Because of the significantly high prevalence of violence experience that targets LBTQ women of color and because our experiences are so often marginalized, suppressed, and neglected, this space together to learn, heal, and create powerful social justice art is critical.

As echoed by current calls #DearNativeYouth, #sayhername, #NiUnaMas, #TransLiberation and #Blacklivesmatter, the banner carried by Combahee River Collective members in the 1979 photo declares,


Life & Healing Circles

Life Healing Project participants are asked to attend ​2 Learning & Healing Circles on: ​

​Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 at 5:30 to 9:30 pm and
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 at 10 am to 6 pm

Filmmaking Workshops

Upon completion of the Learning & Healing Circles, participants may opt to register for a free filmmaking workshop.

Participants selected for the filmmaking training must attend ALL 4 film training sessions.

Friday, Oct 9, 2015 at 6pm to 10pm
Saturday, Oct 10 2015 at 10am to 7pm
Sunday, Oct 11 2015 at 10am to 7pm
Monday, Oct 12 2015 at 12pm to 7pm


ALL Life Healing Project sessions will be held at:

The SF Women’s Building
3543 18th Street (@ Valencia)
SF, CA 94110


If you are interested or have questions, please contact SFWAR:

Director of Community Initiatives
Sandra Sandoval
(415) 861-2024 ext. 317

This opportunity is limited to 12 participants, so please ​RSVP by
Tuesday, September 8.


Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) creates, exhibits and distributes new films that authentically reflect the lives of queer women of color (cis & trans*), gender nonconforming and transgender people of color (any orientation), and address the vital, intersecting social justice issues that concern our multiple communities on the leading edge of change.


San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR) is a woman of color-led, community-based, social justice organization. We provide support to sexual assault survivors, their families, and communities, and use education and community organizing as tools of prevention. We believe that ending all forms of oppression is integral to ending sexual assault and prioritize working with and for communities facing multiple forms of violence and oppression.

Charlotte Haslund-Christensen: Who’s Next?

Press photo by Charlotte Haslund-Christensen
Press photo by Charlotte Haslund-Christensen, 2015.

WHO’S NEXT? (portraits of LGBTQ People) by Danish artist Charlotte Haslund-Christensen is part of the group exhibition ‘LIGENU’ in front of the Danish parlament in Copenhagen, Denmark. The exhibitions runs through October 18.

In 2009 Charlotte Haslund-Christensen photographed over 40 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people at Copenhagen’s main police station – capturing them in mugshots like the criminals they would be many places in the world.

The art project WHO’S NEXT? is a comment on the fact that 76 countries continue to criminalise homosexuality – that LGBT people are still stigmatised, attacked and killed, with at least 5 countries making being gay punishable by death or life imprisonment.

‘LIGENU’ Travelling Exhibition

A smaller version of the travelling exhibition will be exhibited August 10 – September 13 at the Hovedbiblioteket (the library), Rendsburggade 2, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark and September 14 – October 18, 2015 at the Rådhuset (the town hall) Torvegade 74, 6700 Esbjerg, Denmark.