Mutant Salon is a beauty salon and roving platform for collaborative performance and community-building that strives to foster connections between queer, trans, POC, womyn and mutant communities to celebrate an ethos of transformation and critical togetherness in the act of self care. In addition to offering haircuts, psychic readings, makeup, nails, tattoos, and other treatments, Mutant Salon embraces a continual metamorphosis of itself with each iteration to offer new aesthetic experiences and experimental modes of engagement with an audience. Mutant Salon has taken place in various venues such as Commonwealth & Council, REDCAT, Honor Fraser Gallery, The Broad (LA), and Southern Exposure (San Francisco).
Founded by Young Joon Kwak & Marvin Astorga in 2012, Mutant Salon’s past and current featured artists and collaborators include: Elisa Harkins, Alli Miller, Kelly Akashi, Sarah Gail Armstrong, Jacinto Astiazaran, Lindsay August-Salazar, Barf Queen, Lena Daly, Experimental Half Hour (Eva Aguila and Brock Fansler), Orr Herz, Oree Holban, Amanda Joy, Julia Kouneski, laub, Isaac Ledesma, Oscar Ledesma, Fenex Lopez, Jeffzilla, Maxilla, Evan McCune, Veli Matti-Hoikka, Jennifer Moon, David Muenzer, Project Rage Queen (Dalton Chase, Alice Cunt, Travis D, Vik Victorious), Oscar Santos, Rachelle Sawatsky, Martyna Szczesna, and TMO.
July 12 - August 26, 2018
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)
Festival De Las Muertas
SATURDAY 10/29 & SUNDAY 10/30, 2017
Hammer Museum (LA, CA)
We Make Each Other Beautiful
Saturday June 25, 2016
the Broad (LA, CA)
January 23—February 27, 2016
Commonwealth & Council (LA, CA)
2012 - 2016