Jefferson Pinder is a Chicago based interdisciplinary artist that seeks to find identity through the most dynamic circumstances. His experimental videos and films feature minimal performances that reference struggle and physical theatre. Pinder’s work provides personal and social commentary in an accessible and familiar format. Inspired by soundtracks, he sorts through collaged audio clips and surreal performances to underscore themes dealing with Afro-Futurism, physical endurance and blackness.
His work has been featured in numerous group and solo shows including exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Showroom Mama in Rotterdam, Netherlands. His action-packed endurance performance Ben-Hur was featured at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. In 2016, Pinder’s work was included in the Shanghai Biennale and he also exhibited a sculptural installation at the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Contemporary Practices Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.