JaBrea Patterson-West
Project for Empty Space | Newark, NJ

JaJaBrea Patterson-West (she/they) is an interdisciplinary scholar, writer, and curator based in Brooklyn, New York. Her research, curatorial projects, and writings center a critical engagement with the work of Black, Queer and Women artists working at the intersection of identity, representation, and radical art praxis. As a doctoral student in Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts-New York University, she has published criticism and other writings in Flash Art, Cero Magazine, and LACMA Unframed. Her academic and curatorial research has been supported by the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship, the Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), the Matisse Foundation Fellowship, the Stein Family Fellowship, and an Elisabeth Hackspiel-Mikosch Scholarship. She is the current recipient of the Institute of Fine Arts’ Connoisseurs Circle Fellowship in support of her progress toward a doctoral degree in Art History. Since 2020, Patterson-West has served as the founding curator of Modern Black Contemporary –– a digital platform that connects early-career artists, writers, scholars, and diverse creatives identifying with the Black diaspora in an effort to reinforce communities of care, collaboration, and generative thinking within the wider international contemporary art world. Approaching the study of contemporary art from a background in black feminist ideology, poetics, academic research, archival and museum studies, her work continues to emphasize the manifold connections between collective histories of artistic development, and social concerns, as a linchpin of possibility to enact cultural and political transformation.


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