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In Conversation—Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin & Dr. Vanessa Agard-Jones

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Recorded Live on 10/8/2020

New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellow Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin will be in conversation with Dr. Vanessa Agard-Jones, moderated by Curator of Visual Arts Eileen Jeng Lynch. Topics include queer ecologies, fugitivity, toxicity, and decoloniality. The conversation will be pre-recorded and screened with a live Q &A on Facebook and can be viewed on this page.

This program is in conjunction with Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin’s Sunroom Project Space exhibition M for Membrane, which explores the membrane, mystery, and magic of microbial forms, fungi, and indigenous mold. In this indoor and outdoor multimedia installation, the fermenter—the artist—facilitates a community of indigenous leaf mold created from decomposed leaves, embodying the role of the witch, the scientist, and the alchemist, and from it, looks for possibilities of animacy and deep time.

Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin also participated in Wave Hill’s 2020 Winter Workspace program. Shin has exhibited internationally at Doosan Gallery, Cuchifritos Gallery, AC Institute, Abrons Arts Center, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, all in New York, NY; Knockdown Center, Queens, NY; and Cody Dock, London, England, among others. Shin recently was an artist-in-residence at Recess in Brooklyn, a Visiting Artist Fellow at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, and Col(LAB) artist-in-residence at Princeton University in New Jersey. Shin received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design.

Dr. Vanessa Agard-Jones is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, where she also serves on the Executive Council of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality and is affiliated with the Institute for Research in African American Studies. Dr. Agard-Jones earned her Ph.D. from the joint program in Anthropology and French Studies at New York University and held a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia's Society of Fellows in the Humanities. From 2014 to 2016, she was on the faculty at Yale University. She is a member of the Social Text Collective, Scholars for Social Justice, and Dr. Agard-Jones is on the editorial board of PoLAR: the Political and Legal Anthropology Review. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Land to Learn, an organization in New York's Hudson Valley that is growing a movement for food justice and community wellness through garden-based education.

Learn more about Dr. Vanessa Agard-Jones.

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