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Art on the Ground: On Going black + beyond with jazsalyn

April 8, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

jazsalyn. Photo by Jon Millner.

Art on the Ground welcomes jazsalyn (she/her), sound artist, curator, and creative director of black beyond, a radical platform for artists and activists to speculate alternative realities for blackness. In conversation, jazsalyn and Shameekia will discuss her artistic practice, the primal force of music as the source of an archive and organizing, and her vision for black beyond’s future.

jazsalyn work begins where fiction and reality collide. As an anti-disciplinary artist, she weaves together new media and activism to reimagine Black futures. As the creative director of black beyond, a radical platform for artists and activists to define alternate realities for Blackness, jazsalyn collaborates with BIPOC and non-BIPOC co-liberators to decolonize and re-indigenize creative practice. Through black beyond, she curates and directs a series of programs, artist talks, workshops, performances, and monthly radio shows on Dublab Radio. 

Her work has been featured in publications such as CULTURED Magazine, Vogue, The New Yorker, and Huffington Post. Exhibitions and panels such as TEDx Durham and Textiles as a Second Skin at MoogFest. 

She is also a contributing artist for the upcoming exhibition, black beyond_ assembly, alchemy, ascension, hosted by Parsons School of Design–Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, for fall 2021. 

Check out black beyond’s most recent art talks here and their most recent Dublab Radio show here.

About Art on the Ground

Art on the Ground (AOTG) is an independent, mobile, grassroots conversation series that was developed in the Art History and Museum Professions program at FIT. With the guidance of its founder Shameekia Johnson, it has become a destination for progressive and innovative art workers to share their experience of navigating the art world from the outside. AOTG is about creating new spaces of representation, resistance, and collaboration that reject the values of the market that govern the dominant institutions.

AOTG brings students and newly emerging cultural innovators together with early and mid-career professionals who pass along knowledge and inspiration by sharing stories of how they followed their own path in making a career. The series focuses on sharing the voices of people excluded from or dismissed by the market operated by and for the powerful.

This virtual event is free and open to the public; REGISTER HERE.


Shameekia Johnson