Portrait by Jasmine Rose, 2022
Ayanna Dozier (PhD) is a Brooklyn-based artist-writer. Her art practice centers film (both motion picture and still), performance, and installation work with a specific concentration on surrealist, conceptual, and feminist practices. She is the author of Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope (2020). Her films have been screened at the selected festivals; Open City Docs (2020), BlackStar (2021), Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (2021), Prismatic Ground (2022) and Aesthetic Film Festival where she was the recipient of Best Experimental in 2020 for her film Softer.
She was a 2022 Wave Hill Winter Workspace Resident, a 2018-2019 Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Studies Program, and a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow from 2017-2022 at Whitney Museum of American Art. Her work has been exhibited at BRIC, MOCA Arlington, The Shed, Westbeth Gallery, and the Block Museum amongst other venues. She is currently working on the manuscript of the life and work of abstract film and visual artist, Camille Billops.