Born Lima, Pennsylvania, US. Lives and works in Athens, Greece.
Informed by lived world events, with a dancer's perspective, Jennifer Nelson’s cross-disciplinary work probes the potential of social and ecological choreography. Her works consider inter-system relationships as a holistic, collective, sculptural practice. She is committed to the playful realignment of social spaces through collective initiative, and to the transformative possibilities of the individual act. Her deep-rooted interest in co-creation, and its political, aesthetic and social possibilities, extends throughout her practice as artist and teacher.
Among many influences, her work has been significantly shaped by her direct personal experience with disruptive or transitional world choreographies like the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the media aftermath of September 11th, and currently, the on-going economic hardship in Athens, Greece. Having lived and worked in multiple countries, she has a lived understanding of fragile resources, natural and human, and the global sculptural flow of power and matter. These global flows must be linked and translated to a bodily scale for ethical action to begin.
Nelson danced with the Feld Ballet in New York and the Ballet du Grand Théatre in Geneva, Switzerland, and studied New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute and at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received her MFA.
She has exhibited in museums and festivals in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Recent projects have been on the streets of Athens and in Nestor, 1st Psychgeriatric Boarding House with the Guerrilla Optimists. She has also worked in collaboration with men from the Second Chance School in Korydallos prison with the program of EMSTwithout Borders. Nelson currently teaches time-based art and political theatre at the American College of Greece.
Untitled (Mesogheia), 2016 – in progress (detail)
Bank bills, home-made glue, gold paint (from Germany)
Courtesy of the artist