About JJH

Where politics and art meet

Jeanette Joy Harris is a Houston-based artist, writer, curator and speaker interested in the intersection of performance and political dialogue. 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 (Continental philosophy) from Texas Woman’s University. She was a scholar in residence at the Hannah Arendt Institute at Bard College and was, recently, art writer in residence at Arte Studio Ginestrelle in Assisi, Italy. Joy is currently on the management committee for Experimental Action, Houston’s performance art festival biennial.

Joy has presented papers at University of Cambridge, University of Brighton, University of Edinburgh, and the Hannah Arendt Circle on a variety of topics including the precarious tension between performances as works of art versus political action. She regularly guest lectures at Texas Woman’s University and University of North Texas. Recent topics include Origins of Totalitarianism and performance art, Ethics of Ambiguity and performance art, Richard Rorty and the problem of pluralism, and the imagery of lynching. In 2018, she presented at the Hannah Arendt Circle Meeting at UC Davis and the New Mexico Texas Philosophical Society. She will present on Suzanne Lacy as a Rortyan strong poet at the New Mexico Texas Philosophical Society annual meeting  and facilitate an introduction to performance art seminar at the Jung Center (Houston) in 2019.

Joy’s art practice is project-based. Research points her to challenging issues where she develops multi-discipline responses between thinkers, performers, and participants.  She has shown work in London, the Netherlands, Venice (IT), Brindisi (IT), Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Miami, Chicago, and Houston. Joy workshopped with the International Performance Association in conjunction with Venice International Performance Art Week (Italy). Click here for art portfolio. 

Joy currently writes an ongoing series of articles, “Art of Politics, Politics of Art,” for Political Animal Magazine and is a contributing writer for Experimental Action. Click here for full list of publications.

Contact: jjoyharris@gmail.com