Local Artist Residency:
18th Street Campus
Yrneh Gabon is a Jamaican-born interdisciplinary artist and human rights activist whose work deals with sustainable environmental issues in a socio-political and historical context. Seeing himself as a conduit, Gabon uses his art to agitate the viewer and unmask reality through object making, research, and performance based art.
Gabon has exhibited internationally including Senegal, Jamaica, and Mexico; and nationally including New York, Miami, Ohio, Detroit, and New Orleans. A solo exhibition at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles (2014–2015) earned him an invitation to testify at the United Nations in New York where a bill for Albinism Day (June 13) was passed to protect people with albinism. Gabon has been awarded many residencies around the world, including the Fundación Sebastián Residency in Mexico City (2017).
Yrneh created “The Artivist Project” as an initiative that engages artists and social activism around the world. His first collaboration and upcoming residency in Kumasi, Ghana took place in summer 2021, as he continues to investigate how climate change affects salt production in Dakar, Senegal, and other parts of the world, including the Americas.