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Artist Bios + Complete Artist List

September 14, 2023

#4 on Exhibition Map

Alex Dolores Salerno is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Informed by queer-crip experience, community, and culture, they work to critique standards of productivity, notions of normative embodiment, 24/7 society, and the commodification of rest.

#6 on Exhibition Map

Bel Andrade is a trans/non-binary sculpture artist by way of Wellington, New Zealand. Their artistic practice primarily focuses on the investigation (and negotiating with) capturing liminality, specifically in regards to the liminal nature of trans bodies, and memorializing the quiet power of the queer experience.

#3 on Exhibition Map

Ezra Benus is an artist, educator, and curator whose multi-media practice concerns relationships and intimacies of power, care, and pain, and questions the constructions of time related to values of normativity and productivity. Ezra’s practice is cradled by embedded Jewishness, queerness, and sickness as purviews and navigational tools in this world. 

Artist Workshop

Jeff Kasper creates text-based projects, social spaces, publications, games, digital media, exhibitions, community workshops, and participatory learning projects, often in partnership with organizations. Based on his own lived experiences and observations, much of his recent projects explore topics of social support, safety, and proximity. Through his arts-based organizing, he opens up spaces for (re)imagining accessible and trauma-sensitive futures.

Date: Friday, September 29

Time: 3pm – 4:30pm

Location: Heartside Park

Artist Performance

Jerron Herman is a dancer and writer who is compelled to create images of freedom. His process is supported by personal histories and social legacies of disability aesthetics that undermine notions of production in favor of welcoming. The nuanced pieces Jerron exhibits contend with an early childhood desire to create many worlds in which others inhabit.

Date: Saturday, September 30

Time: 4pm – 5pm

Location: Heartside Park

#7 on Exhibition Map

Jillian Crochet is a Bay Area artist from the Gulf Coast working in sculpture, video, and performance. Her sculptures use haptic and embodied aesthetics to challenge the hierarchy of the senses. Her practice questions the medical model, desire for control, and the complex ethics of genetics and experimentation. Her practice seeks to liberate the disabled body from normalized marginalization and oppression.

#2 on Exhibition Map

‘The Clearing’ Listening Session

JJJJJerome Ellis (any pronoun) is an animal, artist, and proud stutterer. He prays, reads, gardens, cycles, surfs, and plays. Through music, literature, performance, video, and photography he researches relationships among blackness, disabled speech, divinity, nature, sound, and time. Born in 1989 to Jamaican and Grenadian immigrants, he lives in Norfolk, Virginia, USA.

Date: 9/18, 9/19, 9/20, 9/25, 9/26, 9/27

Time: 7pm – 8pm

Location: Heartside Park

Artist Workshop

Josiah Golson is an artist who explores personal and collective narratives of identity and advocacy through drawing, painting, poetry, performance, video, and workshops. Golson invites workshop participants from diverse communities to address social issues in creative and collaborative ways.

Date: Saturday, September 23

Time: 2pm – 3:30pm

Location: Heartside Park

#5 on Exhibition Map

Liza Sylvestre and Christopher Robert Jones

Liza Sylvestre is a multimedia artist and Research Assistant Professor within the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign where she has co-founded the initiative Crip*: Cripistemology and the Arts. Her work has been shown internationally and has been included in numerous publications and books including Art in America, Mousse Magazine, Ocula Magazine, Art Monthly, and SciArt Magazine.

Christopher Robert Jones is an artist, writer, and Research Assistant Professor in the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Their research revolves around the “failure” or “malfunctioning” of the body and how those experiences are situated at points of intersection between Queer and Crip* discourses.

#1 on Exhibition Map

RA Walden’s work is concerned with physicality and its interplay with other social categorisations and power differentials. At the core of their practice is an interrogation of entangled embodiment under late stage capitalism. Walden’s work questions contemporary western society’s relationship with care, tenderness and fragility in relation to our bodies, our communities and our failing ecosystems.

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The Art of Disruption’ – Complete Artist List

*Participating in ‘The Art of Disruption’ Exhibition Preview at ArtPrize

Alex Dolores Salerno*

antoine williams

Becci Davis

Bel Andrade*

Constantina Zavitsanos

Emilie Gossiaux

Ezra Benus*

fields harrington

Finnegan Shannon

Indira Allegra

Jason Patterson

Jeff Kasper*

Jazzmen Lee Johnson

Jerron Herman*

Jillian Crochet*

JJJJJerome Ellis*

Jordan Seaberry

Josiah Golson*

Julian Louis Phillips

Krystal C. Mack

Liza Sylvestre*

Oaklee Thiele

Pelenakeke Brown

RA Walden*

Tasha Dougé

Tyanna Buie

Yanni Young

Yo-Yo Lin

Like all systems, systems of oppression, inequality, and inequity are by design. Therefore, they can be redesigned. In order for us to redesign these systems, we need a new type of leader – an equity designer.” ~ Antoinette Carroll

DisArt values the artists involved in the ‘Art of Disruption’. Our work is intentionally collaborative and disruptive so that we can redesign a system that prioritizes the artists. We center the artists, integrate their input, and compensate them for their contributions. Together we are a group of equity designers.

By donating to the ‘Art of Disruption’, you are supporting our collective power to raise awareness, inspire reflection, and redesign systems. Donations of any amount make a difference and are greatly appreciated.

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