Jeanette Joy Harris

Houston, TX

Jeanette Joy Harris is a Houston-based artist, writer, curator and speaker interested in the intersection of performance, political dialogue, and embodiment. Joy completed her MscR in history of art at University of Edinburgh College of Art where her dissertation on performance artists as creators of judicial bodies earned her a mark of distinction. She completed a BA in government (political theory focus) with a minor in philosophy from Texas Woman’s University. She was a scholar in residence at the Hannah Arendt Institute at Bard College. Joy is currently on the management committee for Experimental Action, Houston’s performance art festival biennial, and serves as director of Experimental Action Engage, the organization’s education branch.

Joy has presented papers at University of Cambridge’s Centre for Research on Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities; University of Brighton’s Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics; University of Edinburgh; New Mexico Texas Philosophical Society; American Political Science Association; and the Hannah Arendt Circle. She  guest lectures at Texas Woman’s University, University of North Texas, Houston Community College, and the Jung Center Houston.

Joy is leading Experimental Action’s role as co-host of the upcoming conference, “Revolution! Scholars and Artists Rethinking Political Action,” which is a collaborative effort with Houston Community College’s Philosophy Department.

Joy’s creative practice is project-based. Research points her to challenging issues where she develops multi-discipline responses between thinkers, performers, and participants. She has shown work in the US including: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Pittsburgh, Portland, and San Francisco. She has shown work abroad including: London, the Netherlands, Helsinki, Venice (IT), and Brindisi (IT).  Joy workshopped with the International Performance Association in conjunction with Venice International Performance Art Week (Italy). 

Joy currently writes an ongoing series of articles, “Art of Politics, Politics of Art,” for Political Animal Magazine and is a contributing writer for Experimental Action.