/meer-yam jaa-ta/
(b. 1990 Dakar)

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Currently, I’m dreaming up the Center for Nordic Otherwise and actively seeking publication for my manuscript on art-making and politics. Also, I’m proudly an artist mentor to Zakiya Collier, an archivist and memory worker. This mentorship is facilitated via the New Museum’s art, technology, and design incubator, NEW INC. From 2018 to 2021, I developed a research project for and dedicated to the critical artistic practitioner called Thinking Form: A Creative Practice for Bringing Together the Everyday and Black Onto-Epistemologies. In 2021, I was invited by Jasmine Woodson to lead a six-month process centered on reflective practice for a team of librarians at Lehigh University. In 2020, I co-founded The Loitering Hole, an exclusively QTBIPoC online community and abolitionist / Black and Southeast Asian anarchist study group. I facilitated a workshop on the theme of ‘care’ for a multidisciplinary cohort of Designers in Residence at the Design Museum in London. My research has been published in Platform for Artistic Research Sweden (PARSE), a special issue by the Cluster for Critical Artistic Research at Aalto University (FI), Text and Performance Quarterly (US), Design and Culture (US), and a book chapter in Designing Knowledge (Bloomsbury Publishing).


From 2015 to 2018 I co-founded and operated Matter–Mind Studio, a New York City-based transdisiplinary design consultancy turned research collective. Through the studio Lillian S. Tong, Colleen Doyle, and I did research, installation, design, and facilitation projects hinged on supporting emotional well-being. Our clients included Daliah Heller, leading expert on decriminalising drug use and urban health policy; MoMA Art Lab; transmedia artist Stephanie Dinkins; Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design; IoT start-up teleobjects; and more. I was Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute where I taught and developed new studio courses for masters and bachelor programs to explore themes of decarceration and speculative design. I also served as Adjunct Faculty at The New School teaching both studio and seminar courses. My practice has also been supported by grants, scholarships, and memberships from Monash University, New Museum x NEW INC, Parsons ELAB, Centre for Social Innovation, and The New School. I have a doctoral degree from Monash University’s Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (2022), an MFA in the third cohort of the Transdisciplinary Design program at Parsons The New School (2014), and a BFA from Syracuse University (2012).

In my back pocket, I also have experience in graphic design, interaction design, and conducting user experience (UX) research and UX design for companies and institutions like the New York Times, The Design Gym, Strawberry Frog, Rivet open calls, and Field Studio.


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