is an undisciplined artist, educator and founder of Beauty Breaks. Amina work across mediums, shaping spaces that honor darkness and love. Often through language and light in video installations, sculptural work and in their work with people. They are currently Curator-in-Residence for Links Hall's 2017 - 2018 season. Amina co-runs F4F, a black and femme centering space in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago, IL and is co-lead artist of Teen Creative Agency at the Museum of Contemporary art, Chicago.
Amina's commitment to loving, challenging spaces has manifested in the founding of 3rd Language queer arts collective (2011-2015). As of late Amina’s commitment to spaces dedicated to creative learning manifests within Beauty Breaks. For more about Amina’s practice please visit aminaross.com
A.J. McClenon is a writer, sound artist and performer and interdisciplinary visual artist based in Chicago. A.J. McClenon’s work sets personal narratives alongside empirical data, leveling hierarchies of truth. A.J. works across mediums incorporating aspects of sound, film, video, drawing, animation and collage throughout their work. A.J. holds a Masters in Fine Arts with an emphasis in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Arts with a minor in creative writing from the University of Maryland College Park. A.J. has performed and shown work throughout the US, at locations like Steppenwolf Theater, The Promontory, Woman Made Gallery, Echo Park Film Center, Chicago Filmmakers, Fine Art Complex 1101 and Longwood Arts Center.
is a grassroots archivist and curator focused on exploring the works and concepts derived from the rich diversity found throughout the African diaspora. Jamillah’s work often delves into the everyday life of Black people across various cultures and ethnicities, examining and glamorizing often erased components of Blackness in the Americas and the Caribbean. Jamillah works with cultural material to preserve Black history, both on a communal and familial basis.
Aniysa Alexander is an experimental artist and tarot mystic from Brooklyn New York. Alexander’s work cleverly combines astrology with intuitive card readings, emotional documentation, writing, and art curation. Founding member of former independent art collective, Inspiration in the Cut, Alexander has co curated and participated in over eight art shows in various New York City art galleries. Alexander’s penchant for creative work and community has allowed her experience to work alongside art focused independent companies, such as Species By The Thousands, Wrecords by Monkey, and Stylelikeu. Currently, Alexander is extending her love for community in Chicago, where she co creates new dynamics of the black experience with Beauty Breaks.
Jory Drew is an assemblage artist living and working in Chicago, IL. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he is the acting operations manager at F4F, a local alternative domestic venue in Little Village. Concerned with how social constructs have influenced the structural economic, legal and political conditions that subsequently manifest and determine reality, he works to dismantle the images and objects that support said constructions, through his involvement with Beauty Breaks.