THIS IS WHAT I WANT 2017 is work that found itself at the explosive intersection of desire and youth under pressure; youth stories in the Tenderloin. The artists in this piece take your hand and walked out into the evening to engage with themes of gentrification, tender desire, psychogeography, private space, public space, the internal lives of young people, and queer sexuality. The eighth annual Bay Area THIS IS WHAT I WANT festival partnered with ABD productions/Skywatchers and local youth artists based in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco to reveal their personal landscape of desire.
Artistic Director Tessa Wills. Lead Artists Krista DeNio and Jaime Cortez. Sound Artist Zachary Watkins. Mapmaker Taraneh Hemami. Performing artists Jose Abad, Sammay Dizon, Randy Reyes, Jaq Nguyen Victor, Tavi and Angeline. Project manager Lucy Tafler. Players: ABD Productions/Skywatchers, CounterPulse, Larkin Street Youth Center.