sisters and brothers is organized by guest curator Jackie Clay and presented in collaboration with Dirty Looks.
Project Room, Annex, and Courtyard exhibitions are made possible by ICA LA’s Curator’s Council.
Jaguar Mary/Jocelyn Taylor is a performance artist, glossolalia vocalist, filmmaker, and hoop dancer. Her specific concerns, and the directives that have driven her art practice, engage black feminist discourse, questions of history, and now, ritual performance and practice in art as tools to help us out of our world crisis. Jaguar Mary née Jocelyn Taylor was a founding member of the queer video artist collective, House of Color. In 1990, she co-founded the Clit Club with Julie Tolentino, a dance party focused on infusing identity politics with sex-positive lesbian visibility. Taylor is an alumni of the prestigious Whitney Independent Study Program. Her first gallery show, Alien at Rest, a video installation in which the artist asserts her humanity while walking nude through the streets of New York, opened at Deitch Projects-Soho in 1996. Her films and video installations have been featured in exhibitions at MoMA, the New Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her video pieces and installations have shown in the Johannesburg and Havana Biennials, and gallery spaces in Venezuela, Canada, France, and the Netherlands. Jaguar Mary has had the pleasure of collaborating with feminist artists Annie Sprinkle, Yvonne Rainer, and Cheryl Dunye. Her essay, “Testimony of a Naked Woman,” was included in Afrekete: An anthology of Black Lesbian Writing (1995) edited by Catherine McKinely and Joyce Delaney. Jaguar Mary has an MFA in Film and Video from California Institute for the Arts. She is currently completing an MFA in Performance and Performance Studies as a member of its inaugural cohort at Pratt Institute.
Ayana U'Dongo is a self-trained, experimental video artist that utilizes the medium to heal herself and others. She believes in the power of positive, audacious dreams and everyone’s right to fulfill them. Healing is a connective process that requires the engagement of present-thinking, higher power vision, invincible courage, and fearless vulnerability; skills she has developed over the decades for self-actualization and personal growth. In 1991 U'Dongo began researching and working with video as a staff at Video Data Bank, Chicago. There U'Dongo consumed all things video art and was influenced by the diaristic and narrative styles of George Kuchar, Marlon Riggs, Thomas Harris, Sadie Benning, and Jocelyn Taylor (included in the exhibition). Her exploration of sexuality, gender, and cultural identity are designed to provoke, explore, and celebrate the power of diversity, inclusion, freedom, and sacrifice.