Ole Dandy, the Tribute

  • Dates
    2018 - Ongoing
  • Author
  • Locations Brooklyn, New York City, New Orleans

Ole Dandy, the Tribute, is an introspective into the lives of Jean Loren Feliz & Angelo Lwazi Owenzayo. Feliz & Owenzayo are imagined male impersonators/drag kings who live in NYC during the late 19th century. Feliz & Owenzayo are modeled after male impersonator/entertainer Florence Hines. Hines was a queer African-American drag king and singer who performed from the 1890s to the 1920s all over the United States. Hines has become an inspirational figure for me because of their importance to African American theatre and comedy. Their portrayal of the Black dandy character is one that not only elevated the representation of the Black man in the post Civil War era, but she also blurred the lines between what race, class and gender could look like. Hines is not known by many because there is not much archival imagery of her performance career. White male impersonators of the same time, like Ella Wesner, performed during the same time as Hines, yet there are many surviving images of them throughout their careers. I consider Florence Hines to be a queer ancestor and pioneer, Feliz and Owenzayo were made to honor her performance career.

Through Ole Dandy, the Tribute I re-imagine queer life in the early 20th century, I celebrate the radical queer communities existing pre-Stonewall while also giving a specific focus to how that looks in and out of the archive. I give space for these imagined queer ancestors to exist and honor the lives of what could have been, while also respecting the name and likeness of those queer ancestors who wanted that part of their lives to remain private.

Through the use of historical processes such as wet plate collodion and 4 x 5 sheet film photography I stage and document the lives of these individuals. Giving a specific focus to their existence outside of the tabloids and theatre environments.

This work is a remix of past in order to envision an inclusive future. Representation is important especially for queer decedents of the African diaspora, like myself. I am interested in creating an archive that when activated challenges the historical linear timeline.

© Felicita Maynard - Vueltiao


© Felicita Maynard - Jean with hands up

Jean with hands up

© Felicita Maynard - Jean in the Garden

Jean in the Garden

© Felicita Maynard - Jean Loren Feliz

Jean Loren Feliz

© Felicita Maynard - Jean in Harlem

Jean in Harlem

© Felicita Maynard - Jean in the Mountains

Jean in the Mountains

© Felicita Maynard - Jean on a Sunday

Jean on a Sunday

© Felicita Maynard - Angelo's Things

Angelo's Things

© Felicita Maynard - Angelo Lwazi Owenzayo

Angelo Lwazi Owenzayo

© Felicita Maynard - Angelo under the Brooklyn Bridge

Angelo under the Brooklyn Bridge

© Felicita Maynard - Angelo under the Clark Street Station

Angelo under the Clark Street Station

© Felicita Maynard - Angelo in Masculine Women, Feminine Men

Angelo in Masculine Women, Feminine Men

© Felicita Maynard - Untitled, Angelo

Untitled, Angelo

© Felicita Maynard - Untitled II, Angelo

Untitled II, Angelo

© Felicita Maynard - Untitled, Angelo IV

Untitled, Angelo IV

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