ABOUT THE PROJECT
Gabriel G. Torres and collaborators are facilitating Haus of Dust, a three-pronged project to support and educate Queer Latinx communities struggling with substance use in the Lower East Side. Working alongside social workers, neuroscientists, and queer community leaders, Haus of Dust encompasses an online resource platform, a garden installation, and an immersive theatrical experience. Utilizing both data and personal stories, the online platform—designed as a series of interactive games—will destigmatize conversations around substance use in the community, the platform will also serve as a cognitive interaction to provide anxiety relief and stress relief. The garden—installed inside of partner organization The Loisaida Center—will provide a therapeutic greenspace, and create community programs on a long term scale, while the virtual and onsite theatrical experience will explore substance addiction and trauma through a Queer Latinx lens. Haus of Dust is also supported in part by The Stonewall Community Foundation.
Meet the Artist
Gabriel G. Torres is a multidisciplinary artist from Colombia and New York. He has directed shows and readings in Hong Kong, Colombia and New York. Gabriel also works in Education and Community Organizing. He holds a BA in Liberal Sciences and he is a candidate for an MA in Media Studies, both at The New School. He was part of EmergeNYC20’ and Creative Capital Taller Profesional Para Artistas.