I combine photo based-installations with local research, interpersonal engagement and communal actions.
I hold an MFA in Visual Arts from Hunter College in New York, NY, and an MA in International Relations from University of Chicago, IL. At Hunter, I was awarded the Hunter College Foundation Scholarship for exchange studies at the Slade, London.
Among the places, I've exhibited my work are:
Edward Hopper House, New York Center for Book Arts, A.I.R. Gallery, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Bronx Arts Space and Flux Factory.
I've presented my work at the conferences of National Women's Study Association, Open Engagement and the Alice Austen House Museum as well as discussed it on NPR's The Brian Lehrer show. To realize my projects, I have received funding from Manhattan Cultural Arts Fund, Queens Arts Council and Norddjurs Kommune (Denmark).
My work is in the collection of Candida Höfer.
"In life, in art, in science — everything has a degree of uncertainty and we are living in times of unfolding unknowns. In November 2020, Stand4 Gallery will host an invitational exhibition and fundraiser that embraces the concept of uncertainty."
I am presenting at NWSA, on online messages and real life community within the context of research by Combahee River Collective and Adrienne Reich.
My focus is on local overlooked jazz history for my Jamaica House of Garden work, that is part of Jamaica Flux 2016 - being one of the 19 NYC artists selected to participate.
"...This year, JamaicaFlux is expanding its focus to emphasize public engagement and contemporary art as a vehicle to examine and discuss solutions to critical issues in the community. The finished multidisciplinary and interactive works will be displayed in storefronts, parks, vacant lots, sidewalks, and other spaces in Jamaica, Queens..."
A Hard Read - my collaboration with artist Michael Wilson - is part of tART@Flatbush Library, curated by damali abrams.
My project exhibition Fjellerup i Bund & Grund is supported by Norddjurs Kommune and Fjellerup Kraemmerforening. Through working with fellow artists and locals, I activate sites I'd selected in an overlooked coastal town, situated in a depopulated region. Artists, I invited to participate: Norbert Francis Attard, Julia Whitney Barnes, Monica Carrier, Jo Q. Nelson and Christine Sciulli.
I am showing a collaboration with Michael Wilson, "A Hard Read, the Personal Library." for this exhibition, curated by Yulia Tikhanova.
For this group exhibition, I am showing a recent series of photographs inspired by Paul Bowles and his hometown of Jamaica, Queens, combined with his writings from Morocco.
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.