[Image Description: In a service elevator with two x-marks on the floor; A light-brown-skinned person with dark curly hair is seated in a bright orange electric wheelchair waving a hand caught in blurred motion.]
JS Shokrian is a transdisciplinary visual artist engaged in and deeply committed to community-driven scholarship that attends to disabled social life and its intersectional proliferation. Working within the collective study of movement building and the aesthetics of resistance and refusal, Shokrian is a key contributor to emergent theoretical discourses and material practices of accessibility, surveillance technologies, and the wider scope of materiality, sociality, and justice by and for disabled people.
Shokrian is a San Francisco State University alum with an MFA in Photography from Milton Avery School of the Arts, Bard College. Shokrian has recently exhibited at Queens Museum and Kai Matsumiya in New York and Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Shokrian’s current projects include constructing a talking book library of disability literature at Wendy’s Subway in New York City and stage designing for the disability arts dance company, Kinetic Light’s upcoming tour, Wired. Shokrian is a vital member of the local and national cross-disability community organizations: Criptiques Reading Group, Disability Justice League-Bay Area, Abolition Is…, and Crip Fund.
Shokrian is the 2021 Senior Scholar Fellow at the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University. In this position, Shokrian’s recently developed educational platform, 5A, will be initiated with new constituents. 5A stands for the five key modules of Access, Abolition, Anti-Racism, Accountability, and Abundance; it is a collaborative, dialogic model that invites frontliners, community members, organizers, educators, movement workers, students, and artists to examine and expand on the ways that disability may resist the state and structural violence of ableism, anti-blackness, and their intersecting forms of oppression and co-optation. Born in the flames of the Summer 2020 uprisings in NYC, at the height of the pandemic, The 5A Club began at a harm reduction and supply redistribution site, originally enacted as a material practice in ongoing mutual aid. From 2021 on, The 5A initiative will also include producing a full-fledged curricular laboratory, a teaching toolkit in the politics and poetics of care, and culminate in an online public program hosted by SFSU. Join us!