Ja’Tovia Monique Gary

Ja’Tovia Monique Gary

Fellow: Awarded 2022
Field of Study: Film - Video

Competition: US & Canada

Ja’Tovia Monique Gary is a filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist working across film, video art, sculpture, and installation. Gary is deeply concerned with re-memory and employs a rigorous interrogation and re-appropriation of the archive in much of her work. The artist aims to destabilize notions of objectivity and neutrality in nonfiction storytelling by asserting a Black feminist subjectivity, and applies what scholar and cultural critic bell hooks terms “an oppositional gaze” as both maker and critical spectator of moving image works. Gary’s films and installations serve as reparative gestures for the distorted histories through which Black life is often viewed. Black sociality, familial bonds, the interiority of Black women and femmes, and the global efforts towards liberation often pull focus in Gary’s multivalent works. The artist has exhibited at the Hammer Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, MoMa PS1, the Schomburg Center, Anthology Film Archives, Locarno Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Centre Pompidou, Film at Lincoln Center, and Harvard Film Archives, among other spaces. In 2018-2019 Gary held fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute, Creative Capital, and Field of Vision.


Photo Credit: Ja'Tovia Gary

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