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John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship

Friends, I am humbled and honored to be a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship. Special thanks to all of those who have provided the support to help to make this happen. There is nothing solitary about my practice (or my development as an artist for that matter). I'm still scratching the surface in my understanding of how performance can change the way we look at ourselves. I'm thrilled at this chance to dig further and explore the complexity of identity politics in the most conservative places in America.

More information can be found here:

http://www.gf.org/fellows/all-fellows/jefferson-pinder/

Rapid Pulse, June 1-4 2017

On June first, I performed at the sixth annual Rapid Pulse festival. In 2013, I presented my three ringed performance Magical Negro at the second iteration of this event. This year's theme, Retrospect, involved revisiting previous artists from Rapid Pulse's history, so I was invited to come back and give another performance.  

Source: Rapidpulse.org

Selling the Shadow: Gallery Momo

Endia Beal, Office Scene

Endia Beal, Office Scene

Selling the Shadow
November 22, 2016 - January 17, 2017

Gallery Momo
Cape Town, SA

Selling the Shadow is an international, cross disciplinary presentation that examines the relationship between art and social practise through paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, video and site specific installation by more than a dozen artists from across Africa and the Diaspora.

Artists include: Tabita Rezaire, Simone Leigh, Jessica Wimbley, Jefferson Pinder, Amir George, Lauren Kelly, Derrick Adams and Michele Magema. Curated by Ingrid LaFleur.

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Ghost Light at Figge Museum of Art

March 2017
Figge Museum of Art
Davenport, Iowa

Currently, I’m working on a project at the Figge Museum in Davenport, Iowa. The project is entitled Ghost Light, which references the tradition of always keeping a light burning in a theatre even when no one is around to see it. Essentially, never letting the space go dark.

The project will be a culmination of sculptural work and performances in which I will be working with members of the community to create a poignant suite of performances about ‘invisibility’ and the consequences of being a person-of-color in a majority white Midwest city.