Jessica Yatrofsky is a NYC-based artist and activist, known for film and photographic work exploring body politics, beauty, and gender. After receiving her MFA from Parsons the New School for Design, she published her first photography monograph, I Heart Boy, with powerHouse Books in 2010, and her second photography monograph, I Heart Girl, in 2015 with her accompanying film "I Heart Girl - Video Screen Tests," capturing over 100 women featured in her series. The film premiered with i-D Magazine in 2016.
Her photographic work has been exhibited internationally in addition to book signings with Barnes&Noble and Strand Books in NYC. In 2015, her film SUN IN MY MOUTH received an Honorable Mention in the LGBTQ “All Out Arts” Fresh Fruit Festival as well as screened during the Northside Film Festival in Brooklyn, New York. In 2016, Yatrofsky was featured in the cover story THE NEW PROGRESSIVES for the “Activists Issue” in Interview Magazine. Her work was featured in the NSFW:Female Gaze group exhibition at the Museum of Sex in NYC from 2017-2018. Yatrofsky’s work is part of the permanent collection at the Leslie-Lohman Museum for Gay and Lesbian Art.
In 2016, Yatrofsky founded the NY FEM FACTORY, a feminist collective that has hosted and curated literary readings, art exhibitions, and live immersive events in North America and Europe coinciding with the release of her debut book of poetry Pink Privacy. Yatrofsky and the NY FEM FACTORY recently completed a residency at the experimental Institut fur Alles Mogliche in Berlin including collaborations with Soho House Berlin and the German woman's publication, Libertin Magazine. In 2017, Yatrofsky and NY FEM FACTORY curated a live activation for “Performance is Alive” in the Satellite Art Show during Art Basel Miami. In 2018, Yatrofsky and the NY FEM FACTORY curated a reading featuring local female poets hosted with the Ace Hotel in NYC. This winter Yatrofsky and NY FEM FACTORY will cohost the YCC in Miami Beach, FL at the PULSE Art Fair that includes a live performance and curated installation for PULSE PROJECTS.
Yatrofsky has curated panel discussions and hosted literary events with The Battery in San Francisco, CA, The Standard in both West Hollywood, CA and Miami, FL as well as participated in artist lectures for the Camera Club of New York, The Robert Giard Foundation, and the International Center for Photography in NYC. From 2016-2017, the Soho House hosted her touring conversation series “Gender Beauty & the Camera.” In 2019, Yatrofsky moderated a PULSE PERSPECTIVES panel discussion on “Art, Mindfulness & the Power of Community” in conversation with SAG actor Tiffany Lighty.
Tune in for this in-depth conversation which focuses on all things in the creative process!
1:02-I am an artist
4:36-Inspiration Behind the Lens
7:38-Observing The Surroundings
11:11-Art Style-Giving Everyone A Voice
14:57-Being A Film Movie Lover
19:29-3 tips for Artists
Tell and Tell Secret:
I am a solid speed cuber. I solve the rubik's cube
Tell and Tell Secret:
"I have been cutting my own hair since I was 16 years old"
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