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.