Devin B. Johnson and Gender Justice LA have teamed together to curate an online-exclusive group exhibition with Nicodim to raise funds for GJLA and build bridges of understanding and collaboration between the frequently-overlapping communities of artists, galleries, and gender non-conforming, two spirit, Black, Indigenous, and trans people of color in LA. 100% of the proceeds raised from this exhibition will go to GJLA initiatives, along with financial contributions from Mihai Nicodim and Ben Lee Ritchie Handler.
GJLA has been active in the city for eighteen years. They organize, hold space, provide resources, and collaborate with other organizations to empower communities to resist oppression, develop community responses to violence, heal from present and historical trauma, and come together in ways that are brave and affirming. Longterm projects include TRANSform LA, an annual six month series of workshops for trans and gender nonconforming people to empower themselves and develop as leaders working towards radical transformation in Los Angeles, and Seeds of Liberación (SOL), a collaboration with TransLatin@ to foster a sense of community, activism, and leadership skills in trans youth.
Following the group exhibition, Nicodim and GJLA will continue their relationship through a quarterly series of workshops involving Nicodim artists and GJLA organizers.
Devin B. Johnson (b. 1992, Los Angeles) obtained his BA in Fine Arts from the California State University of Channel Islands (2015) and received a Masters of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute (2019). He is one of sixteen artists from around the world selected for the inaugural year of the Black Rock Senegal residency, and was featured in the Northeast and MFA issue of New American Paintings (2019). Melody of a Memory (2020), his first exhibition with Nicodim, received international acclaim.
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