How do queer people imagine and sustain life?

sowing worlds within the incompossible is an exercise in worldbuilding. The project emulates a queer community space consisting of an exhibition and a series of programs. The exhibition includes artwork by Amarise Carreras, Nelson Morales, and SHAN Wallace, who play with the tension between the everyday and the fantastical. Alongside their artwork, the installation functions as a place to come inside and read, look, gather, dream, learn, and heal.

Throughout February and March, queer practitioners will share their knowledge about plant medicine, somatic healing, community organizing, fabulation and play, and the history of queer community-building during a series of free events and workshops.

sowing worlds within the incompossible is organized by photographer Giancarlo Montes Santangelo. The project borrows Tavia Nyong’o’s term of the “incompossible” to describe something that both can and cannot be, something between what we have and what we need, and something to investigate worlds outside of our present order.

These themes are central to artist-organizer Giancarlo Montes Santangelo’s work as a visual artist and researcher. In his own practice, he builds worlds with photographic archives and investigates the various ways that colonial histories are indexed in these images and how they settle into the present. Queering these images and considering the ways in which we navigate their afterlives is crucial to his practice. For this project, he invites other artists and practitioners to join in and consider the historical and present ways that queer people imagine and build the incompossible.

About the Participating Artists

Nelson Morales is a photographer whose work focuses on issues of gender, body, identity, and sexual diversity. His work has been included in various collective and individual exhibitions in countries such as: Germany, Netherlands, Spain, El Salvador, Canada, Greece,  Portugal, Malaysia, India, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Poland, Cuba, United States, and Mexico. In 2021, he won the PATROCINIOS scholarship award from the Jumex Foundation. Morales’ work has been published in Aperture, The New York Times, Vogue Italia, Vogue México, Vice, Mexicanísimo, TETU, Loeil de la photograpie, The British Journal of Photography, Musée Magazine, and Der Greif and he has published two books: Musas Muxe (2018) and Fantastic Woman (2019). He was recently one of the protagonists of the documentary MUXES, produced by HBO in 2022.

SHAN Wallace is a nomadic award-winning visual artist, photographer, and educator from East Baltimore, MD. She is inspired by the nuances of day-to-day life in Baltimore, not as fixed narratives, but as a multiplicity of experiences. SHAN has received recognition from publications like the Baltimore Beat for ‘Best Solo Show,’ the Washington City Paper for ‘Best Photographer,’ and the Association of Health Care Journalistsfor her photojournalism piece “Losing Conner’s Mind” in the Atavist Magazine. SHAN’s work is in both public and private collections across the United States including Baltimore Museum of Art, Reginald F. Lewis Art Museum, and the New Gallery of Modern Art.

Amarise Carreras is a photo-based performance artist, utilizing photography for both documenting and observing while engaging in performative conversations. The results are images of quotidian moments and narratives about history, ancestry, altars, and still lifes that are alive. The performative aspect is referential directly to a gentle and deeply personal connection to the Boricua women that raised them, and their passed down knowledge, medicine, and traditions. Amarise received their BFA in Photography and Film from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018. They are currently published in Aperture Magazine, Nueva Luz, and have shown in galleries such as Candela Gallery, Side x Side Contemporary, and Transmitter.

About the Organizer

Giancarlo Montes Santangelo, native of the DC Metropolitan area, graduated from SUNY Purchase in 2018 with a BFA in photography. In 2019, Giancarlo exhibited his photographs alongside Paul Mpagi Sepuya as part of the Whitney Biennial. In 2020, he published his first monograph, Improvising Sight Lines with Monolith Editions – a book that weaves together images and writing and is held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the MoMA. Giancarlo was recently awarded the Aperture x Google Creator Labs Photo Fund and completed residencies with Tangent Projects and TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image. He is currently an Image Equity Fellow with Google.


Saturday, June 22, 2024 | 3–5pm
Letting Go, Holding Space, & Moving Through


Thursday, March 21, 2024 | 5-7pm
Currency: An Exchange of Artist Solidarity
SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2024 | 6 - 11pm
2024 Collectors’ Night Gala
Thursday, June 18, 2020 | 8–8:45pm
Film Screening: ‘Land of Friends’ by Carolina Caycedo
Thursday, September 17, 2020 | 7:30–8:30pm
Artist Talk with Vyette Tiya, and Theresa-Xuan & Antonius Bui
Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 7:30–8:30pm
Artist Talk with Akela Jaffi & Emily Ames
Thursday, September 10, 2020 | 7:30–8:30pm
Artist Talk with Jamie Garcia & Juliana Pongutá Forero
January - March 2021 |
Friday, March 12, 2021 | 8–9pm
Radical Disobedience
Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 7–8pm
Moving Verse
Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 7:30-9pm
El Fondo Como Protagonista (The Background as Protaganist)
Friday, January 23, 2021 | 6:30-7:30pm
Virtual Arepera with Mercedes Golip
Friday, November 17, 2023 | 7-8pm
meta-meta: Conversation with Colby Chamberlain
Thursday, November 2, 2023 | 7-8pm
meta-meta: Performance with Joshua Coyne
Thursday, October 26, 2023 | 6-7:30pm
meta-meta: Workshop with Some People Press
Saturday, March 11, 2023 | 1:30pm
Destroy the World
Wednesday, March 8, 2023 | 5:30-7pm
Queer Life Force: Breathwork + Embodiment Practices
Thursday, March 2, 2023 | 7-9pm
How to build a world (one kiki at a time)
Saturday, February 18, 2023 | 1:30pm
Abolition of Policing—A Critical Theory of Police Power
Saturday, September 9, 2023 | 1-4pm
2023-2024 WPA Season Kick-off & BBQ
Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 7-9pm
2023 Wherewithal Research Presentations
Thursday, July 27, 2023 | 6–7pm
Ama BE: We (too) Grow On Water
Saturday, September 30, 2023 | 1-4pm
Ama BE: Open House
Calling all artists What question fuels your practice? Submit Your Idea How does your process manifest?
Calling all artists What question fuels your practice? Submit Your Idea How does your process manifest?
Calling all artists What question fuels your practice? Submit Your Idea How does your process manifest?