Born and raised in New Orleans Louisiana, Jourdan Barnes has always been influenced by & surrounded in art and health.

Completing his education in Art and Psychology at Xavier University, Barnes works to create health equity through his work with Louisiana's STD/HIV/Hepatitis Program. Recently Barnes was a Master Photographer for YoungArts Miami, exhibited his “Imen” series at The Front gallery in New Orleans and completed Joan Mitchell's artist residency program. Barnes is currently working on a culminating series titled "Black Fabric" that highlights Black people's experiences, and amplifies their voice. Barnes has exhibited works in well respected museums like The Ogden, Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, and The Guggenheim New York. He has also been a part of arts initiatives like Prospect 3 and Photoville. Today Barnes is continuing to push the concept and idea of digital photography through digital collage and highlighting the experiences of Black women, men, and the intersectionality of Black queer men. Barnes is aspiring to create space where he would utilize his talents to serve Black youth that are in need of artistic expression for therapeutic purposes.


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