Jeanette Joy Harris is a Houston-based artist, writer, curator and speaker interested in the intersection of performance, political dialogue, and embodiment.
Joy completed her MscR in history of art at University of Edinburgh College of Art where her dissertation on performance artists as creators of judicial bodies earned her a mark of distinction. She completed a BA in government (political theory focus) with a minor in philosophy from Texas Woman’s University. She was a scholar in residence at the Hannah Arendt Institute at Bard College. Joy is currently on the management committee for Experimental Action, Houston’s performance art festival biennial and is a member of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Public Philosophy (July 2020 – June 2023). Joy is currently pursuing a PhD in Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought at European Graduate School.
Joy has presented papers at University of Cambridge’s Centre for Research on Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities; University of Brighton’s Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics; University of Edinburgh; New Mexico Texas Philosophical Society; American Political Science Association; and the Hannah Arendt Circle. She guest lectures at Texas Woman’s University, University of North Texas, and the Jung Center Houston and has published article on politics and performance for Political Animal Magazine, TribTalk, Experimental Action, Glasstire, Beautiful Decay, Illusion, and this is tomorrow.
Joy’s creative works use philosophical, poetic, and community-based tools to address social questions. She uses a spectrum of media ranging from performance and photography to participation, video, object, installation, movement and voice. Areas of past investigation include gentrification, the aging female body, fake news, gun rights, political aesthetics, and political corruption. She has also been involved in dance studies/performance, including a summer intensive with Joffrey Ballet, choreographer in residence at several ballet companies, and social dance instructor at the University of North Texas. Joy’s works have been shown in Brindisi (IT), Chicago, Dallas, Helsinki, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, the Netherlands, New Orleans, New York City, Pittsburgh, Portland, and San Francisco. Joy workshopped with the International Performance Association in conjunction with Venice International Performance Art Week (IT).
Joy leads “Revolution! Scholars and Artists Rethinking Political Action” a collaborative interdisciplinary effort with Experimental Action that brings together diverse community members in inclusive political dialogue. Her current research interests include Italian feminist/political philosophy and performance/movement.