Emily
Johnson

photo by Tracy Rector and Melissa Ponder

Emily Johnson is an artist who makes body-based work. She is a land and water protector and an activist for justice, sovereignty and well-being. A Bessie Award-winning choreographer, Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the Doris Duke Artist Award, she is based in New York City. Originally from Alaska, Emily is of Yup’ik descent, and since 1998 has created work that considers the experience of sensing and seeing performance. Her dances function as portals and installations, engaging audiences within and through space, time, and environment—interacting with a place’s architecture, peoples, history and role in community. Emily is trying to make a world where performance is part of life; where performance is an integral connection to each other, our environment, our stories, our past, present and future.

inbetween Kwimiak, Blue
by Emily Johnson was commissioned as part of the ENTER program by Onassis USA

Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter
creates by Kinstillatory DJ Purple Cats in Slacks