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Tameka Jenean Norris, a.k.a. Meka Jean, is a professor of art at the University of Iowa. Her interdisciplinary work-spanning painting, performance, video, and social practice-critiques the continuing invisibility of blackness in mainstream culture today.
Her work was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, and was included in "Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art" at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; Performa 13 at The Studio Museum in Harlem; and the international art exhibition "Prospect.3: Notes for Now" in New Orleans.
Norris is represented by Jane Lombard Gallery in New York, Ronchini Gallery in London, and David Shelton Gallery in Houston.
Norris earned an MFA in painting from the Yale University School of Art in 2012 and a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Meka Jean: Ivy League Ratchet
Using herself and her communities as her subjects, Norris questions how identities are formed on personal and cultural levels.