J. Lovich (they/them/their/she/her): J. Lovich is a California based culture worker focusing on a multi-form artistic practice that is grounded in intersectional feminism and the interruption of the legacies of systemic violence. Their work is an extension of a lived feminist practice that involves centering love and joy as direct political action, art making as a means of survival, and a deep commitment to anti-violence work. Currently, J. is pursuing a Graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with a focus in Trauma Studies. Their ultimate goal is to provide care and mental health support to marginalized communities who have to bear the weight of long term systemic violence. Email J.
Kristy Lovich (she/her/they/them/their): Kristy Lovich is a culture worker who integrates her role as a domestic worker and mother in order to build forms of knowledge that reveal relationships between social-political location(s) and the impacts of their collaboration with collective identities(s). To that end, she situates her work within the nearly-invisible spaces embedded in our daily lives: the home, the ordinary commons, public transit and pedestrian thoroughfare, the wild life and land that is woven throughout and cradles the sprawl of Los Angeles. She centers these connected sites as gestures toward the recovery of mutual care, connection, and inter-community wellbeing. She works with co-conspirators, allies, and communities to build systems of imagery, objects, text, video, sound, and relational forms that together incite opportunities to rethink the meaning and impact of our social interactions and the role of spatial circumstances as both the architect and projected architecture of individual and social-political consciousness. These systems function to question the role of empathy and solidarity, intimacy and the sacred, and the significance of connection within the process of social transformation. Email Kristy.
Michael Thurin (they/them/their): Michael Thurin is an interdisciplinary artist and arts organizer originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. Their work centers upon how bodies and embodied experiences are differentially produced within and through structures, histories, and institutions of power. Through a decidedly politicized approach to dance and somatic movement, they utilize live performance and critical pedagogy as forms for identifying and transgressing such hierarchies and, in their place, begin to imagine, build, and practice anti-oppressive political affinities based upon solidarity and mutuality. They are currently pursuing their MFA in Art at the University of California, Irvine. Email Michael.