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My Last American Dollar | 2020 | Skopje Pride Weekend Queer Arts Festival | Skopje, Macedonia | Image by Sonja Stavrova

▲ Keijaun Thomas 

Keijaun Thomas is a New York based artist Her work in performance multimedia installation and poetry explores the labor of black femmes in situations ranging from housework and hairdressing to athletic training and exotic dancing 

Her performances combine rhapsodic layers of live and recorded voice and her poems slip between various modes of address exploring the pleasures and pressures of dependency care and support

Thomas underscores the endurance and intimacy care work demands of those expected to perform it—predominantly black women black femmes and people of color

She aims to build bridges of understanding community and care through her pieces Her work centers and focuses on self/communal care in real time and creating safer spaces for black and people of color

 

Thomas was a Franklin Furnace Fund Recipient for 2018 and is the inaugural winner of theQueer|Art 2020 Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists