Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016
Essay by Kwami Coleman.

Jamaica Flux, 2016

For Jamaica House & Garden, I made an an Artist Plaque for the house of Clarence Williams & Eva Taylor in Jamaica, Queens. I also filed a proposal for a city medallion plaque for the house.
Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016
Facebook album of project process

The Jamaica house in Queens, NY, that is at the heart of my work for Jamaica Flux 2016.

Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016
My invitation, a print edition, for neighbors on the Jamaica block of Clarence Williams & Eva Taylor, as well as for project participants.
Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016
Garden Jam
May 21st, 2016

I commissioned local Jamaica drummer, Ismail Abdul-Quaadir, to play music inspired by Clarence Williams and Eva Taylor, and he put together a band for the occasion.

Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016


I shared my research with Brett Crenshaw - who grew up in Jamaica, Queens - and invited him to produce and present his own research on Clarence Williams and Eva Taylor for the Garden Jam.
Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016
Shervone Neckles

I also invited Shervone Neckles, who lives in Jamaica, Queens, to introduce her Wellness Station (also a Jamaica Flux 16 project.)

Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016
Garden Jam
Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016


I placed posters with information on Clarence Williams & Eva Taylor, as well as a Michael Wilson painting of Jamaica community gardeners, at Don Nicos - around the corner from Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning.

Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016
Process installation at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning
Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016
One image containing several images - a series for the process installation at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning.

Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016

October, 2014

For my Jamaica Flux presentation, I recreated the garden picnic of 2012, including Garden Salad, and invited gardeners & artists.
Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016


Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016

2012

For Queens Art Express (QAX), a Queens Council of the Arts commission, I was asked the following question: "What If We Re-Made U.S. Housing Policy?"

I chose to focus on Jamaica, Queens - site of exhibition and a neighborhood of many foreclosures. My proposal consists of two uses for the city's empty buildings: to be used for artist residencies that offer literacy services and, secondly, for headquarters that promote Jamaica, Queens, as the place Paul Bowles grew up. A site to display his writings and translations of Moroccan folk tales, produce concerts of his music as well as the Berber folk music he recorded during field trips in the late 1950's and early 1960s.
Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016  William P. Miller Gallery, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Queens, NY
Full review
Archival inkjet prints, dimensions variable
William P. Miller Gallery, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Queens, NY
2012

QPTV review by Vanessa Gualdron:

Once you nearly complete your round around the space, you come across Anna Lise Jensen’s pieces. A combination of photographs taken in Jamaica, Queens coupled with excerpts of Paul Bowles, a Jamaica native, writing from his time spent in Tangiers. Jensen’s pieces were an inspiring way to end the show. While the other artists provided the public with the different realities of homelessness, she offers ways to deal with urban abandonment and displacement; focusing specifically on Jamaica. By keeping her proposal on a local level, I think Jensen instilled a feeling of community and alliance, a feeling you should walk away with.



Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016
Paul Bowles

For the images I made in Jamaica, I chose excerpts from the writings of Paul Bowles - commenting on the colonial and post-colonial context of his chosen home of Tangiers, Morocco.
Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016


Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016

Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016


Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016

Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016


Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016

Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016


Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016

Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016


Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016

Anna Lise Jensen Jamaica, Queens, 2012-2016


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