Aislinn Thomas: “As I am and as I become”
Aislinn Thomas works through creative possibilities for accessibility, approaching disability as a valuable and generative disruption to mainstream culture. Thomas was invited to create a sound work of experimental, visual descriptions for artworks on view in SJMA's exhibition, Our whole, unruly selves. Thomas collaborated with an intergenerational group of twenty contributors from Teatro Visión, San José’s Latinx theater company.
Rashaad Newsome’s Build or Destroy
Commissioned by SJMA, Rashaad Newsome’s Build or Destroy (2020) explores ideas around identity construction—particularly Black trans femme identity—and performance as a space for its creation and detonation. Newsome is a multimedia artist whose work takes inspiration from Black and Queer culture. Build or Destroy premiered at SJMA’s 2021 Gala + Auction on September 18, 2021.
SOBRE/ON with Sofía Córdova
Commissioned in response to this moment of upheaval, Sofía Córdova’s Sobre/On explores the artistic process as a constantly shifting form of inquiry. Cordova’s performances were presented live in February 2021 using Zoom.