Mikki Yamashiro is Professional Wrestler, Candy Pain.
According to her, there are only 2 things you need to know about Candy Pain; "she loves to wrestle and she hates men." After a tragic tag team match in the ring, Ms. Pain retires from the mayhem of Professional Wrestling, only to find herself in the chaos and dirty fighting of Washington, DC. Tune into Remote Intimacies for a live reading of, Candy Pain goes to Washington. An angry, Lesbian, Professional Wrestling -centric reinterpretation of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Will Candy Pain crush the corrupt corporate careerists on the Senate floor, or will this bruiser end up a loser?
Remote Intimacies is a series of new and experimental performances created specifically for online viewing and commissioned and co-organized by the ONE Archives at USC Libraries and the Leslie Lohman Museum of Art in New York. Debuting October 7 on Zoom, the invited artists will explore how to sustain intimacy in these highly mediated times and how to imagine opportunities for communion across temporal and geographic distances. The series takes its title from scholar Karen Tongson’s theory on the powerful resonance of shared consumption and their capacity to “bring people, things, and concepts together, even if space and time dictates their dispersal and isolation." Participants include Brontez Purnell (October 7); Joseph Liatela (November 18); and Mikki Yamashiro (December 16). Additional artists for the spring Remote Intimacies program will include Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo and Young Joon Kwak. This series is organized and introduced by Stamatina Gregory, Chief Curator and Director of Programs at the Leslie Lohman Museum, Alexis Bard Johnson, Curator and Jeanne Vaccaro, postdoctoral fellow at the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.
Image Credit: Candy Pain by Amy Von Harrington.