Marisa Morán Jahn
Unraveling Power Through Art, Play, and Hijinks
January 24, 2019
An artist, filmmaker, and writer of Ecuadorian and Chinese descent, Marisa Morán Jahn founded Studio REV-, a nonprofit organization whose public art and creative media affects the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, women, and youth. Key projects include El Bibliobandido (a masked, story-eating bandit who terrorizes little kids to offer him stories they’ve written), Video Slink Uganda (experimental films slipped or “slinked” into Uganda’s bootleg cinemas), and Contratados (a Yelp for migrant workers). As an artist in residence with the National Domestic Workers Alliance since 2012, Jahn co-created various projects that amplify the voices of America’s fastest growing workforce, caregivers: two mobile studios (NannyVan, CareForce One), an app for domestic workers that CNN named “one of five apps to change the world,” and CareForce One Travelogues, a Sundance-supported docu series for PBS/ITVS co-produced with Oscar- and Emmy-winning filmmaker Yael Melamede. Jahn’s work has been reviewed by the New York Times, BBC, Univision, and Artforum, which described Jahn’s work as “exemplifying the possibilities of art as social practice.” Her work has been awarded numerous grants and has been exhibited at the White House, Museum of Modern Art, New Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Walker Art Center, and more.
Presented in partnership with Stamps Gallery as part of the 2019 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium.