Mae Eskenazi's practice fuses photography, sculptural installation, performance, and plant medicine. Calling upon lineages of disabled/trans carework and Jewish mysticism, their practice questions the distinction between pleasure and pain, the spectacle and the banal, memory and amnesia. Mae’s work transforms images of seemingly banal moments into multimedia and communal sites of inquiry. Through empathy and tenderness, their work aims to serve queer, trans, and chronically ill communities for whom the work is created, and performed alongside.
Mae earned a BA in Feminist and Gender Studies from Colorado College and are currently pursuing a MFA in Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. They have been a resident at Queer Ancestors Project Writing Residency (2021), Digimyths (2021), Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program (2020-2021), Activation Residency (2019), and Picture Berlin (2018). They produced and performed in the 5 Indices on a Tortured Body series at the Bronx Museum in 2021. Mae has worked alongsideMasq.online, Activation Residency, New York Transformative Justice Hub, GLITS, and Free Them All For Public Health.
Pictured: "We Make the Banal Feel Spectacular" (2018)https://www.meskenazi.com/