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Marisa Jahn
Exhibition & Residency:
March 1 – 5, 2014

Marisa Jahn (and Studio REV-), El Bibliobandido, 2010 and ongoing. Variable media; photograph by Marisa Jahn.

Of Chinese and Ecuadorian descent, Marisa Jahn is an artist, writer, and activist. Jahn is the Executive Director of Studio REV– (as in to rev an engine), a nonprofit studio whose public art projects combine creativity, bold ideas, and sound research to address critical issues impacting low-wage workers, immigrants, and teens. Jahn originated El Bibliobandido (or ‘story thief’), an ongoing living legend built around a masked bandit who, ravenous for stories, roves the jungles of Honduras terrorizing little kids until they offer him stories they’ve written; Video Slink Uganda, a project that transposes experimental videos by African diaspora video artists into the Ugandan black market; a contagious public art competition in Tajikistan for the best ten second poem juried by the Oprah of Northern Tajikistan; and a public art nanny hotline (think NPR’s car talk but for nannies) about the New York State Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. A 2013 Open Doc Lab Fellow at MIT and former MIT graduate, Jahn’s work has been presented at venues such as The White House, Studio Museum of Harlem, Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center; received grants and awards such as Tribeca Film Institute’s New Media Fund, Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund; and received reviews in media such as ArtForum, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, and more.


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