Yohana Junker

On Art, Religion, and the Poetics of Resistance

to Nov 9

Marielle Franco: Co-Creating the Future with Our Ancestors

Join me for the opening night of SOMARTS exhibition “Honoring Our Ancestors by Fighting for the Future: Día de los Muertos 2018,” which will run from October 13–November 9, 2018. The exhibition unveiling, Friday, October 12, 2018, 6–9pm, $12–$15 sliding scale admission, features performances by La Mezcla and a Dia de los Muertos inspired artist market.

This year, Coletivo Desbordar and I will create the installation “Marielle Franco: Co-Creating the Future with Our Ancestors,” to honor our Brazilian ancestor Marielle Franco. Franco was a council woman, elected by the city of Rio de Janeiro, who was brutally executed on March 14th, 2018, after leaving a black women’s empowerment event. As a black, lesbian, single mother—born and raised in the Maré favela—she worked against racism, inequality, and homophobia in a country mired by the consequences of white supremacy, hetero-patriarchy, feminicide, and neo-capitalism. An altar to honor her life, values, and work stands as an artistic memorialization of the unutterable crime against her as well as to the lives of our ancestors that have been lost. With this poetic gesture, we hope to come together to mourn these losses and partake in momentary memorials that confer visibility to crimes that may otherwise go unnoticed or forgotten. We also hope to become implicated the fight for our future to live with dignity, safety, and freedom.

Coletivo Desbordar is a feminist, anti-racist, and anti-capitalist group of Brazilian immigrants in the Bay Area that envision a world of free bodies and open borders. Through direct actions, media campaigns, study groups, support groups, and workshops, we aim to show transnational solidarity with leftist, feminist, and intersectional social movements in Brazil and Latin America. Our collective is comprised of several creative women who work at the intersection of political activism, education, and creativity. We are committed to a praxis being and acting in the world as an experience of convivencia, of living and learning en conjunto. Our artistic practice is an attempt to give visibility to persons and communities that have been silenced and erased, trusting that an embodied encounter with the arts can co-create another possible world.

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4:30 PM16:30

Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen

About to happen: come one, come all! Today I’ll be speaking about Vicuña’s work, her threads and her installations, which weave our humanity back to our precarious, fragile skins.

The exhibition runs through October 14th, 2018 at  bampfa.berkeley.edu

Third Thursdays at BAMPFA is provided by the Center for the Arts and Religion, at the Graduate Theological Union. Here is a word from their page:

“Every Third Thursday of the month, receive a complimentary ticket to the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and hear a short talk by a GTU faculty member on an exhibition or artwork. The first event of the semester, held on September 20, will be lead by GTU doctoral candidate and CARe Student Advisory Board member Yohana Junker, who will discuss the exhibition "Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen".

Graduate Theological Union students, staff, faculty, and friends are all welcome. BAMPFA is located at 2155 Center Street, between Oxford Street and Shattuck Avenue, in downtown Berkeley | bampfa.berkeley.edu

Sept. 20 - Yohana Junker (GTU PhD candidate) on “Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen”

Oct. 18 - Dr. Rossitza Schroeder on “Old Masters in a New Light: Rediscovering the European Collection”

Nov. 15 - Dr. Devin Zuber (GTU/CSS Assoc Prof of American Studies, Religion, and Literature) on “Peter Hujar: Speed of Life”

Dec 13 - Dr. Thomas Cattoi (GTU/JST-SCU Assoc Prof of Christology and Cultures, Dwan Family Endowed Chair in Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue) on “Boundless: Contemporary Tibetan Artists at Home and Abroad”

Please note, your Eventbrite RSVP does not include admission to BAMPFA. A CARe staff member will meet you in the BAMPFA lobby to check in and distribute visitor passes.”

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to Apr 27


Friends in the Chicago/Evanston area:

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is featuring a sneak preview of my upcoming Fall exhibition from April 21st to 26th. They are located at 2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL, 60201 and you are welcome to view the work from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, at G-ETS's chapel entrance.

Please help spread the word!

Em resistência e paz,



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2:30 PM14:30

Colloquium Department of Historical and Cultural Studies of Religion, GTU, Berkeley

Please join us for our February 21 departmental colloquy! PhD candidate Yohana Junker
will present her work, entitled, “Framing Infinity: Notes on James Turrell and the Sacralization of Art in the Land.” This presentation will invite an exploration of Turrell’s Roden Crater and Skyspace and how his artworks in the deserts of the American Southwest and elsewhere are indebted to a Christian imagination and notions of sacred mobility that are particularly rooted in Quakerism. Drawing on the frameworks of art history, Quaker aesthetics, and ritual architecture, Yohana will also demonstrate how Turrell’s works ritualize the landscape, resonating with particular aspects of the Christian tradition of pilgrimages to holy sites. Devin Zuber will respond.

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7:00 PM19:00

Three-phase exhibition “Shifting Sanctuaries: Inter-religious Dialogue Through Artistic Expression,” Nov-2011 through May 2012

Invited artist and speaker for the three-phase exhibition “Shifting Sanctuaries: Interreligious Dialogue Through Artistic Expression,” Indianapolis, March 2012.

CTS alumni Amy Kindred, Masters of Theological Studies students Alfred Eaker and Yohana Junker are collaborating on a theological dialogue through artistic expression. This three-phase exhibition will journey through three distinct venues--the Earth House Collective (Lockerby United Methodist Church), T.K. Nelson Gallery, and CTS, in Indianapolis, IN throughout the fall of 2012.

These three shows represent their spiritual journeys at different stages. In each phase, they communicate with and challenge each other, the viewers, and the spaces to encounter Shifting Sanctuaries as a spiritual process and pilgrimage.

The first showing, Room for a View (Nov. 4th), suggests a dialogue for theological and artistic diversity: Amy Kindred (Unitarian Universalist), Alfred Eaker (Catholic), and Yohana Junker (Methodist) speak a shared artistic-spiritual-embodied language which is unrestricted, unfinished, and all-inclusive.

In the second showing, Seeking and Hiding (Dec. 2nd ) the three artists seek to discover meaning in a different sanctuary with the child-like joy of repetition gleamed from the experience of the first collaboration. 

In the third and final showing, A Boundlessly Expansive Road, the artists make their way back to CTS, the home that cultivated their ultimate spiritual yearning.

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