Tosh Basco was born in California and rose to prominence in the drag scene in San Francisco in the 2010s. Well known for her movement-based performances under the name boychild, Basco’s photography and drawing accompany the performance practice. Viewed as a whole, Basco’s work attempts to enfold language, becoming, and representation together in spaces where they are presumed to exist as discrete entities.
She is co-founder of the collaborative entity Moved by the Motion with Wu Tsang, and collaboration remains a vital aspect of her work. Basco’s solo exhibitions include No Sky, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2023); Grief Series, Karma International, Zürich, Switzerland (2021); Portraits, Still Lifes and Flowers, Carlos/Ishikawa, London, United Kingdom (2021); Angels, Hand Dances and Prayers, Company Gallery, New York, NY (2021); Hand dances. 1,000 caresses., Carlos/Ishikawa, London, United Kingdom (2019). Basco’s work has also been presented at the Venice Biennale; the Sydney Biennial; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; MOCA, Los Angeles; and ICA London, among other institutions.