t/here or t/here

about the collaborators

jodi hays (b. 1976, arkansas, us) is a painter who exhibits widely across the united states. her work has been shown at the wiregrass museum, stoveworks museum, the brooks museum (memphis), red arrow gallery, david lusk gallery, labspace, tiger strikes asteroid (gvl), fisk university, browsing room, l ross gallery, curb center at vanderbilt university, grizzly grizzly, boston center for the arts and cooper union.

she is a 2019 finalist for the hopper prize. she is the recipient of grants from sustainable arts foundation, the individual artist fellowship from the tennessee arts commission, and the elizabeth firestone graham foundation. residencies include the cooper union school of art and vermont studio center. her work is documented in catalogues and has been published in new american painting (upcoming) and hyperallergic, and positively reviewed in publications such as artforum international, new art examiner, number inc. magazine, the nashville scene and two coats of paint.

her paintings can be found in many public and corporate collections including the j crew group (new york), nashville international airport, national parks of america, gordon college (ma), the tennessee state museum, among others. she lives and works in nashville, tennessee.


ayanah moor (b. 1973) is a visual artist whose work explores blackness, gender, desire, and language through the medium of painting, print, drawing, and performance. she utilizes existing material and cultural artifacts to generate alternative histories, corrective and counter-narratives. her work engages subversive and demonstrative displays of blackness that locate love, fear, myth, and desire. ayanah moor earned a bachelor of fine arts from virginia commonwealth university and a master of fine arts from tyler school of art, temple university. moor’s exhibitions include the museum of contemporary art chicago, depaul art museum and, museum of contemporary photography, (chicago); andy warhol museum, (pittsburgh); studio museum in harlem, (ny); daadgalerie, (berlin); one national gay and lesbian archives—university of southern california libraries; adobe books, (san francisco); subliminal projects, (los angeles); te tuhi centre for the arts, (auckland); proyecto ‘ace, (buenos aires), and urban institute for contemporary arts, (grand rapids), among others. her artwork is featured in astria suparak and brett kashmere’s, incite: journal of experimental media, sports (2017), nicole fleetwood’s, troubling vision: performance, visuality, and blackness (2011) and, what is contemporary art? (2009) by terry e. smith.


t/here or t/here, 2021
jodi hays + ayanah moor
mixed media collaboration
images courtesy of the artists

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