photo by Anisa Olufemi, 2019 taken on the Bonhomme-George Family Estate in Cade ,Louisiana
Jada-Amina (b.1995) is a South Side Chicago born and based, Black Indigenous American writer, interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker and cultural worker. Their practice engages legacies of Black family, Folklore, mythmaking and the archive Jada-Amina’s work is deeply rooted in theories of collective conscious and Black cultural hybridity.
They are the co-founder of North Star Memory Project, a transmedia archive that prioritizes Black Chicago and Great Migration hi(stories) through counter archive building.
A dedicated advocate for arts education accessibility, as co-curator of Passion to Profession they aim to facilitate a generative space for youth of historically disenfranchised backgrounds, ages 14–18. The discussion based workshop series encourages intergenerational dialogues between artists, both established and up-and-coming to collectively imagine pathways in pursuing a sustainable career in the arts. This program currently takes place seasonally at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
They received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis in New Genres and Art History.
They are the former co-curator of Loved Ones Presents: Not Far From Here, a touring program of film screenings that stemmed from a conversation surrounding the accessibility of film for communities of color and cinematic representations of historically disenfranchised peoples.