Patrisse Cullors art is a magnifying glass, an amplified moment in the raw and vulnerable stories of the invisible. Using theatre techniques, visuals, audio, and dance, her works render bare the narratives of state-induced trauma while lifting up a path towards healing. Her work ultimately asks the audience to identify themselves in relationship to various forms of violence, be it coded in silence behind jail walls or in the coming out stories of people of color. Wielding discomfort as her medium, art becomes an invitation to shed complicity and engage broader questions of systemic violence and spiritual rejuvenation.
Trained in Theater of the Oppressed and dance, Patrisse has worked as a performance artist resident, dancer, choreographer, designer, stylist, producer, and director in various productions since 2005. Since graduating from the University of Southern California MFA Roski School of Art and Design she has been featured in multiple group shows like her thesis solo show “Respite, Reprieve, and Healing: An Evening of Cleansing”, “Fuck White Supremacy, Let’s Get Free” at LTD Los Angeles Gallery, and the installation “Knots” performed at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.
MFA Roski School of Art and Design, USC 2019 (Los Angeles, CA)
B.A. in Religious Studies UCLA June 2012 (Los Angeles, CA)
Fuck White Supremacy, Let’s Get Free (Los Angeles)
Solo Exhibition: Knots (Los Angeles)
Solo Exhibition: Respite, Reprieve and Healing: An Evening of Cleansing, Highways Behold Series 30th anniversary ( Los Angeles )
Solo Exhibition: Respite, Reprieve and Healing: An Evening of Cleansing, The Big House, Final Thesis Solo Show ( Los Angeles)
Power From the Mouths of the Occupied, Joe’s Pub ( New York City)
In Response to Zoe Leonard’s, ‘I want a President,’ Hauser and Wirth, Colba ( Los Angeles )
It’s Dangerous Times, We Have to be Connected, NADA art fair, Art Basel (Miami)
At The Seams, California African American Museum (Los Angeles) Jail Bed Drop, Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles)
Malcolm Revisited, Crystal Bridges Museum, Soul of a Nation Exhibit ( Arkansas )
Malcolm Revisited, Highways Performance Space, (Los Angeles)
Power From the Mouths of the Occupied, Denison College ( Granville) Power From the Mouths of the Occupied, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute ( Seattle )
Power From the Mouths of the Occupied, Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles)
Power From the Mouths of the Occupied, Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo)
Pushing the Envelope, Pieter Performance Space (Los Angeles) Pushing the Envelope, APALC community room (Los Angeles ) Rise of the Dandelions, Pieter Peformance Space ( Los Angeles) Stained, USC Imap program (Los Angeles)
Stained,Highways Performance Space Beholder’s Series Director (Los Angeles) Stained, Nativethinghood Art Showcase (Los Angeles )
Heatwave, at the “Various Small Fires” (Los Angeles) Stained, Install Weho (Los Angeles )
Stained, Pieter Performance Space ( Los Angeles ) Stained, William Grant Still Art Gallery ( Los Angeles)
Kalamazoo Artist and Social Justice Fellow 2014 Artist Resident @ 24th street theater from 2005-2007
Stanton Fellowship, Durfee Foundation
ACLU Next Generation Award 2018 New York Times Editor’s Pick 2018 TIME Magazine Best Memoirs of 2018 .
Publications As Author
Khan-Cullors, Patrisse, and Asha Bandele. When They Call You a Terrorist: a Black Lives Matter Memoir. Canongate, 2017.
Cullors, Patrisse. “Abolition And Reparations: Histories of Resistance, Transformative Justice, And Accountability.” Harvard Law Review , Harvard Law Review, 10 Apr. 2019, https://harvardlawreview.org/2019/04/abolition-and-reparations-histories-of-resistance-tr ansformative-justice-and-accountability/ .
Publications about Art Work
Easter, Makeda. “ Q&A:: Patrisse Cullors on Using Performance Art to Confront Exhaustion.” Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2019, https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-patrisse-cullors-art-performance-20 190621-story.html.
Moon, Kavior. “‘Economies’ LTD Los Angeles.” ARTFORUM, 1 Aug. 2019, https://www.artforum.com/picks/economies-80498 .