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Marisa Morán Jahn: The Mighty and the Mythic

Artwork by Marisa Morán Jahn: <em>The Driver (detail), from MIRROR | MASK series, featuring Darlyne Komukama</em>. 2017, Uganda
Art­work by Marisa Morán Jahn: The Dri­ver (detail), from MIR­ROR | MASK series, fea­tur­ing Dar­lyne Komukama. 2017, Uganda 

January 24 – March 2, 2019


In-person Event

Stamps Gallery
201 South Division Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104


Open to the public
Free of charge

Stamps Gallery is proud to present The Mighty and the Mythic, a solo exhi­bi­tion of work by renowned social prac­tice artist Marisa Morán Jahn. For the first time, The Mighty and the Mythic brings together three key projects — Care­Force (2012– ongo­ing), Bib­lioban­dido (2010 – ongo­ing), and MIR­ROR | MASK (2017 – ongo­ing) — that high­light her deep and mean­ing­ful col­lab­o­ra­tions with low-wage immi­grants, care­givers, and youth. Jahn describes her use of play and humor as essen­tial tools that enable her and her col­lab­o­ra­tors to por­tray their lives with dig­nity, cri­tique power, and build momen­tum within their com­mu­nity. Jahn’s prac­tice is deeply informed by her own expe­ri­ences grow­ing up as a sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion immi­grant of Chi­nese and Ecuado­rian her­itage. For Jahn home was not a fixed place but an adap­ta­tion itself. Her var­ied voca­tional past as a school­teacher, care­taker, wood­shop cleaner-upper, lum­ber hauler, com­mu­nity orga­nizer, and now uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor and mother informs the urgency in her work to find com­mon ground between (her-)self and (an-)other, through the con­cepts of care and empa­thy. Each of the works in this exhi­bi­tion high­lights her deep engage­ment with the sto­ries of every­day peo­ple, mun­dane rou­tines, and a desire to build an inclu­sive soci­ety. Marisa Morán Jahn: the Mighty and the Mythic cel­e­brates and acknowl­edges the daily strug­gles and minor vic­to­ries of the 99 per­cent that make up the spirit of our soci­ety in the twenty-first century.


Stamps Gallery

201 South Division Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm