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Jaleesa Johnston

Thinking Through Performance: An Artist Talk by Jaleesa Johnston

31 August, 2019
Free & all ages

home school and Yale Union are excited to host Thinking Through Performance, an artist talk by Jaleesa Johnston on 31 Aug 2019, 5-7pm at YU (800 SE 10th Ave). In this talk, Johnston shares more about her current art practice in new media and drawing. With a focus on the material and immaterial experiences of black consciousness, Johnston looks at the ways in which performance art serves as the basis through which she metabolizes both painful and joyful experiences of being and knowing.

Jaleesa Johnston is an interdisciplinary artist currently living and working in the Pacific Northwest. She holds a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work explores the black female body as both subject and material through performance, video, photography, sculpture and collage. She has been the recipient of the AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Centrum’s Emerging Artist Residency and Open Signal’s New Media Fellowship. Jaleesa has exhibited her work in cities along the west coast, including San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, and she currently facilitates workshops and classes in new media and performance art.

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