Jolene "Bean" Yazzie

Visiting From: Farmington, NM, USA
November 16 - December 14, 2021
Recommended by: Noah Naime

Jolene "Bean" Yazzie is a photographer/graphic designer/illustrator, specializing in comic art inspired by Indigenous history, photojournalism, comic books, animation and journalism. Born in New Mexico and raised in Arizona of the Comanche, Diné and White Mountain Apache tribes, she is the deontological ethicist of the Black Streak Forest People, born for One-Who-Walks-Around.

Rooted in the power of storytelling, her work often depicts women as warriors, particularly those in her life who have overcome terrible struggles. Centering her practice on her wider community and family, Bean’s goals are to start a family and continue to tell inspirational stories. Bean identifies as dilbaa, bah and non-binary. A recent graduate from the Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Multimedia Journalism 2021 and a BA in Visual Communications from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2008.

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Fellowship Exit Interview, December 2021