JMKAC Artist-in-Residence Jessica Sabogal is a queer Colombian-American muralist from San Francisco whose large-scale public artworks attempt to document and disrupt. She births her creations from the following framework:
"As artists, it is our duty to uplift the sacredness of women, people of color, the differently abled, queer and trans folks, immigrants and the undocumented, and our indigenous brothers and sisters, whom continue to face ongoing oppression and marginalization. We believe in the right to our own liberation, unbounded by man-made borders, white supremacy, and misogyny.”
For the past 10 years, Sabogal has consistently reinvented what it means to be a two-spirit muralist in a male-dominated medium. She has continually pushed the boundaries as an artist by utilizing her medium for social change, action, and empowerment. Her murals have been commissioned by Facebook, Google, 20th Century Fox, the University of Southern California, the University of California, the University of Arizona, and the University of Utah, among many others. In 2016, Sabogal received KQED’s Women to Watch Award and the following year was commissioned by the Amplifier Foundation for the 2017 Women’s March, after which her “Women Are Perfect” campaign gained international acclaim. Sabogal’s work has since been featured in national and international news and media sources including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and The New York Times.
Sabogal created this image, Uplift the Sacredness of All Black Life, in response to the calls for racial justice and equity, sparked when Minneapolis police officers murdered George Floyd this past spring. All in the community can share this image to remind us of past and present struggles, and hope on the horizon.
Community members are encouraged to pick up copies of this image in poster and postcard form in the SOCIAL Studio at JMKAC. Digital copies can be accessed from the links below.
Major funding for Connecting Communities Residencies comes from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Bert L. and Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust, Frederic Cornell Kohler Charitable Trust, Kohler Trust for the Arts and Education, and Kohler Foundation, Inc.