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Jessica Posner (b.1985) is a feminist artist working in a world where women’s bodies are objects. She creates experiences, objects, images, and language in response to cultural, historical, and structural violence against feminine subjects. Through movement, humor, emotion, and slippage; Posner introduces utopian possibilities to dystopian realities. Posner is unafraid of bodies, history, and feeling—and would like for you to be too.

In 2013, Posner moved from Brooklyn to Syracuse, NY—where the Great New York State Fair is held annually. In her desire to become a relevant populist artist, she earnestly attempted to become the next New York State Fair Butter Sculptor. She failed (it is a closed, nepotistic system). Since then, she has been working with butter as a metaphor for a delicious, fleshy, and slippery body politic.

Posner’s first solo exhibition took place at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art Prince Street Project Space in June 2016 in New York City. Posner’s “Butter Body Politic (Butterface)” video is featured in PULSE PLAY at PULSE Miami Beach 2016. Her Butter Body Politic experimental performance film [currently in production] received a 2016 Individual Artist Commission and Project Support Grant from CNY Arts, a regional re-grant program from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Other recent performances/exhibitions/screenings include Queering Space at Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT; Butter Body Politic Presents: As The World Churns (Shake, Shake, Agitate) at Movement Research at Judson Church in New York, NY; The Multifarious Array poetry series in Brooklyn, NY; Die Gute Butter/ Die Politik der Butter Körper (The Good Butter/ Butter Body Politic) at the Hohensalzburg Fortress in Salzburg, Austria; Butter Body Politic at Panoply Performance Laboratory, Strange Loop Gallery, and Envoy Enterprises in New York, NY; and What is Galatea, who is baguette? at The Kitchen in New York, NY and The Stanley Theatre in Utica, NY.

maybe, Posner’s collaborative with Isaac Pool, has performed at La MaMa Galleria and Movement Research at Judson Church in New York, NY. Posner is the lead singer of Malvinas, a seven-person riot grrl band based in the legacy of activist and social justice musician, Malvina Reynolds. Posner has produced multiple multi-genre feminist music events in Syracuse, NY; including “All Hallows Cosplay” at the Everson Museum of Art in 2016.

Posner performed in the 24 Hour Ballad by Courtesy the Artists (Alexandero Segade and Malik Gaines) for Performa13; and Ernesto Pujol’s commission for FIAF’s Crossing the Line Festival 2013, Time After Us.

Posner has been featured as one of the best free things to do in New York City by AM New York. She earned an M.F.A. in Fine Arts from Parsons the New School for Design, and currently teaches Art at Colgate University and Syracuse University in New York state.