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Jewel. + Cleo Reed + Jacqueline
Jewel. + Cleo Reed + Jacqueline

Fri, Jul 05


Ki Smith Gallery

Jewel. + Cleo Reed + Jacqueline

still/ presents: Jewel. + Cleo Reed + Jacqueline at Ki Smith Gallery

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Jul 05, 2024, 7:00 PM – 10:39 PM

Ki Smith Gallery, 170 Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002, USA

About the event

jewel. clarity joywell (they/he) is a guyanese queer trans-masculine dance theatre improvisation artist and filmmaker. residing in the land of the Lenape, so-called flatbush, brooklyn.

jewel. produces and performs in independent shorts, recently experimenting with sensorial and textural elements and questions of the erotic in "two bois, one bouquet. (2021)” and “the day yuh plant the seed is not the day yuh eat the fruit. (2022).”

they founded a multidisciplinary dance theatre film production collective called everythingisanexperiment, centering the needs and imaginings of Black queer and trans artists and engaging in horizontal explorations of intentional afro-surrealist embodied storytelling and mosaicism.

in oct of 2022, jewel. moved through an episodic recall of unearthed memory, asking their late ancestor a question, “what is our name?”, in response to painter sahara longe's In The Garden exhibit at the deli gallery.

sound as movement; movement as embodied memory. sound as lineage; time set in spiral.

in 2023 jewel. began an exciting journey of performing as their drag persona, jugo de jolla. he lives for sensual subtleties. he is bonus hole ginuwine with a twist. as a former member of press n curl, he and his bandmate won the grand prize in a drag boy band competition produced by human flower productions. he was also a finalist in the annual cake boys competition.

jewel. has returned to their practice of dance theatre improvisational experimentation, weaving their commitment to learning and building reciprocal relationship to land and the collectivist efforts for liberation for all colonized and marginalized people, land, water, and beings of nature. they are currently co-creating, baking, brewing, and spiraling into a home and garden; diving into the intersecting realities of transness, embodiment, bush medicine, madness, cake as ritual, grief, and sovereignty. embodied storytelling. experimental poetics. bush shambani.

sound as movement; movement as embodied memory. sound as lineage; time set in spiral.

land back. free palestine. free congo. free tigray. free haiti. free sudan. free yemen. free puerto rico. free hawai’i.

Black and Indigenous resistance at all costs. may we find each other. may we be free. free us all.


Cleo Reed - "Born and raised in NYC and Uptown DC, I am a student of black underground sound and intention. I reach deeply into my own lineage and use it as a reference my work in both music and multimedia art. I produce and design soundscapes, compositional and popular music works, in addition to mixing, mastering, and editing my own music and visuals. Recently, I sharpened my electrical engineering skills by building my own 10-inch studio monitors and programming a video art plug-in. To cradle these crafts, I look to their histories, completing courses and personal research studies centered around  DSP, Electroacoustics, and guitar pedal design.

At 19, I named myself after Cleophus, my great-great grandmother and a fellow Aquarius. I possess a deep commitment to women and non-binary people within the communities I inhabit. Whether underground or academic, experimental or popular, I express musicianship guided by my radiance, femininity and cyclical traumas. As a result, I have attracted and had the privilege of leaning on a myriad of talented women who possess niche instruments and fields of creativity. — Ella Moore or “Cleo” for Short."


Jacqueline is a young artist of Cameroonian origin based in Paris. They first bloomed in the underground of Parisian jazz jams. Self-taught singer, producer, harpist and guitarist - it’s their poetry that stands out the most: poignant, raw and vulnerable. Jacqueline writes to expiate intrusive and wildest thoughts, simultaneously bridging the gap between mental health awareness and healing as acts of resistance.

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