Jess Saldaña

Transdisciplinary in praxis, teaching, facilitating, and creative work engage with studies of disability justice, racial capitalism, ecology, and queer performance. They have worked with the Barnard College Library, the Educational Video Center, NYU CLACS, and others to facilitate visual media literacy, administration, and access to equipment for education. With their work they question the circulation and value production of objects by creating pieces and situations that involve connecting to the surrounding environment and alternative notions of interdependency.

Writing, photographs, paintings, and drawings have been featured in the following; Stonewall’s Legacy: Poetry Anthology (2019), Entropy Magazine (2019), Hyperallergic (2020), LAMBDA Lit (2021), Sinister Wisdom (2023), among others. They have presented scholarly work as a part of Black Portraiture[s] 2019 alongside Angela Davis, poetry for The New Museum’s education programming, and have composed music for the 2021 promotional trailer for Visual AIDS’ Day With(out) Art: ENDURING CARE. In 2021 they were a NYFA City Artist Corps Grant recipient and were awarded Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots grant.

a banana sitting on a ledge
Banana on Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 202235mm Photograph

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