Joanne Grüne-Yanoff

Joanne Grüne-Yanoff is a Swedish-American transdisciplinary artist, activist, and writer. With an established art career spanning three decades, Grüne-Yanoff has exhibited her artworks in galleries and museums across the globe. One aspect of her practice is through multimedia works in which she examines the individual's charged relationship with the outside world. This work is often inhabited by the imagined character Cassandra, a grounded being, looking up at the skies, thinking about flight. Another part of Grüne-Yanoff’s practice is community-based activism through art. Over the last five years, she has regularly conducted workshops with people who identify as immigrants, migrants, refugees, expats and native-born residents to provide coping tools, and expand strategies of understanding and integration. A documentary on this work by filmmaker Charlotta Hayes, “Gemenskap är ett Skyddsnätt”, premiered in Stockholm in May 2020. Often, the two components of Grüne-Yanoff’s practice join forces. Her installations explore inclusive connection and creative transformation as tools of resilience. She is an active member of Detroit Stockholm non-profit art space and serves on its curatorial team, and she is the founder and director of FLYG!, a transdisciplinary International women’s art collective that prioritizes the creation of immersive experiences that promote diversity and empathy as core values