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JORDAN

WEBER

(he/him)

HIGHLIGHTS
 

  • Inaugural joint Loeb/ArtLab Fellowship (collaborative fellowship between the Loeb Fellowship and Harvard University’s ArtLab), announced June 2021
     

  • Pulitzer Arts Foundation Artist-in Residence in collaboration with Washington University’s Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Equity (CRE2) and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.
     

  • “Weber is best known for a series of urban land remediation projects on vacant lots and his deconstructed police vehicles, which have been turned into community gardens.” – Joan Mitchell Foundation

THEMES

Anti-Racism, Black Lives Matter & Racial Inequality; Climate Change; Equality & Equity; Masculinity; Power & Privilege; Resilience, Wellness & Mental Health

Working at the intersections of racial justice and environmental rejuvenation, Jordan Weber is an interdisciplinary artist committed to centering the voices and needs of Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities. Growing up as a biracial environmentalist in Iowa, from an early age he was determined to understand and counter the mechanisms that hold Black people back from having access to green spaces, which are essential to mental and physical health. His practice is committed to fostering self-empowerment by replacing food deserts and irremediable landscapes with edible gardens filled with abundant sustenance. 

 

Jordan’s recent work focuses on the pairing of healing the land and healing the Black and Brown body. When beginning a project, his first step is to reach out to individuals to build authentic relationships and friendships. His ideas always begin with asking what the community needs and how the project can be made sustainable. After creating a strong level of trust through these conversations, he relies on the community to push him in the right direction. Examples of this work include the urban farm developed with Youth Farm in North Minneapolis called Prototype of poetry vs. rhetoric (deep roots), commissioned by the Walker Art Center, and 4MX Greenhouse (4 Malcolm X Greenhouse), near Malcolm X’s birth house in North Omaha, Nebraska.

 

Jordan also grapples with the gridded agricultural landscape and the long history of dispossession of land from Indigenous communities. He makes a connection between the pillaging of land to modern day mass incarceration in Iowa, which is among the top five highest rates of Black-to-white discrepancies in prison populations. He participated in an incarcerated youth self-empowerment exhibition, KnowJustice, with ArtForce Iowa, and he also conducted field research in St. Louis, Missouri as part of the Close the Workhouse campaign to shut down St. Louis’ Medium Security Institute as part of a Pulitzer Arts fellowship.

I produce sculptural objects focused on unrestricting movements to collectively transform community landscapes that face socio-environmental racism against land and body. The structures are built collaboratively to fit the programming and daily lives of individual communities, drawing us toward inclusive constructs where sculpture and acting upon one’s immediate environment are related practices for alternative urbanisms.

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