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Zakiya Johnson

Pain for Public Consumption

Inspired by the “Wake work,” described in Christina Sharpe’s book Living in the Wake: On Blackness and Being, Pain for Public Consumption depicts a shift in one's relationship with the external world through a series of time warping installations. Delving into the concept of time as it uncovers the realities of generational trauma while utilizing various mediums. The audience takes a transformative journey to uncover the phenomena of death, and the healing cycles within it.

Zakiya Johnson is a movement artist whose current research focuses on the capacity dance has to impact various social challenges that society faces today. Born in Nassau, Bahamas, Johnson acquired her initial training in ballet, and Bahamian Junkanoo, and has recently incorporated postmodern contemporary and mixed media into her practice.  She has worked with notable organizations such as Movement exchange and The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment program in order to foster cross cultural understanding, civic engagement, social equality and inclusion, and creative expression through dance. Johnson’s work has premiered at various festivals and alongside local artist Rozotadi. Currently, Johnson resides in Tempe, Arizona where she is pursuing her BFA in Dance while working on her newly found non-profit, Tones for Change, and facilitating dialogue on the health of her community.