Kiara Daja Diamond and the 777 Satisfactions
Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reimagines femmes of color as protagonists of historical, spiritual, and religious narratives that make up the foundation of today’s societal beliefs and culture.Artist Bio
Terence Nance is a filmmaker, writer, director, actor, and musician who has been making music for a decade, scoring all of his own films and TV series and working with several groundbreaking musicians in the process.Artist Bio
Kiara Daja Diamond and the 777 Satisfactions is a surrealist graphic novel and animated TV series that tells the story of Kiara, a young ruler-to-be, who must master 777 “satisfactions” (amalgams of skills, knowings, senses, and subjectivities) in order to arrive at knowledge of self-family, body-spirit, and space-time. This story grapples with existential trauma by exercising mystery to solve reason, rather than relying on reason to solve The Mystery.
Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski
Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reimagines femmes of color as protagonists of historical, spiritual, and religious narratives that make up the foundation of today’s societal beliefs and culture. Whether through drawing, video, performance, or installation, DeJesus Moleski experiments with how to name the conflation of celebration and mourning when being racialized, liminal, and alive. DeJesus Moleski grew up moving from city to country to city in the American East Coast, South, and Midwest. Spending her most formative years in a constantly shifting landscape has tethered her work to interests in multiplicity, belief systems, and bewilderment. She has an ongoing practice of tending to the in-between, and those that know the trouble and pleasure there. Employing flamboyance as an exercise in utopic fantasies for the future, her work is a dream sequence triggered by our current time. She graduated with an MFA from the Yale School of Art. DeJesus Moleski has exhibited with the Brooklyn Museum and with MoCADA. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, New American Paintings, Art of Choice, Hyperallergic, the Huffington Post, and Momma Tried Magazine. She is a 2021 Creative Capital Awardee.
Los Angeles, CA
Terence Nance is a filmmaker, writer, director, actor, and musician who has been making music for a decade, scoring all of his own films and TV series and working with several groundbreaking musicians in the process. He was born in Dallas, Texas, in what was then referred to as the State-Thomas community. Nance learned personhood there. His first feature film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically in 2013. In 2014, he was named a Guggenheim Fellow. In the summer of 2018, Nance’s Peabody award-winning television series Random Acts of Flyness, about being young and Black in America today, debuted on HBO to great critical acclaim, and was renewed for a second season by the network. The New York Times hailed the show as “a striking dream vision of race” and “hypnotic, transporting and uncategorizable,” adding that “it’s trying to disrupt and redisrupt your perceptions so that, finally, you can see.” Additional film work includes Swimming in Your Skin Again and Univitillen. In 2017, Nance premiered a performance piece, 18 Black Boys Ages 1-18 Who Have Arrived at the Singularity and are Thus Spiritual Machines at Sundance. Nance is currently at work on healing, curiosity, and interdimensionality, and resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
Photo by J Quasi King