Every year, to provide the opportunity for Louisiana artists to have their work reviewed by curators from around the counrty, Antenna Gallery’s Louisiana call for exhibitions hosts a guest juror to choose the exhibition selection. This year, our juror is Jan Christian Bernabe of FLXST Contemporary in Chicago. Jan will select an artist to receive a funded solo exhibition at Antenna Gallery and curate a group show. The deadline to apply is November 30th 2021.
A Filipinx American genderqueer, queer person of color based in Chicago, Jan Christian Bernabe (“he, him, Jan”) is the Gallery Director and Founder of FLXST Contemporary. FLXST Contemporary is a contemporary art space and incubator in the Motor Row district in the Near South Side focused chiefly on contemporary emerging diasporic and immigrant artists, artists of color, and LGBTQ-identified artists. He is also an educator, scholar, curator, arts and & culture critic, and writer. Jan has over fifteen years of professional experience teaching, researching, and publishing on art history and visual culture in higher education and working in arts management in the nonprofit sector. He collaborates closely with emergent artists, writers, and scholars on curatorial projects within the digital arts and humanities and site-specific art projects. Jan has taught courses focused on art historical surveys, histories of race and representation, and gender and queer theory in art history and visual culture (among other topics) at the University of Michigan, Cornish College of the Arts, and Whitman College. With a Ph.D. in the Program in American Culture from the University of Michigan, he has written for positions: asia critique, Wasafiri Magazine, Verge: Studies in Global Asias, Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, the Filipino/American Artist Directory, and other academic and non-academic outlets. With the artist-scholar Laura Kina, he co-edited Queering Contemporary Asian American Art published by the University of Washington Press (2017). When not running FLXST Contemporary or researching and writing about art and photography, Jan has served as a member of the Community Advisory Group for Equality Illinois, a Core Leader for AFIRE Chicago, and is a Critique Group Instructor and Portfolio Reviewer for Latitude Chicago. He also supports other local community social justice and art nonprofit organizations in Chicago. He is a fierce advocate for LGBTQ+ immigrant rights, racial and economic social justice, and transgender affirming policies for Illinois and the US. Jan believes in the power of art to inspire civic engagement and cultural transformations. He is also training to be an ultramarathon runner.