About JoAnna

photo credit: Miles Roa



Joanna’s work explores intersections of social engagement and creative practice. Her research considers how hair shapes identity, and can be used as a tool to combat systems of institutionalized oppression of particular bodies.

She is an anti-disciplinary artist, layering diverse media to create works ranging from public printmaking (see posters), to her visual and oral history project (see HairStories), to formal gallery installations (see toolswhite boxes).

Joanna is a candidate for the dual degree MA/MFA at SFAI and earned her BA in Visual Arts and Cultural Anthropology from Brown University. Her current thesis research asks: how might hair be mobilized as a material in contemporary art and culture to perform social critiques and towards creating decoloniality.


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