Jennifer Katherine Shields is an artist and student from Ōtautahi, Aotearoa. They previously studied at the University of Auckland in both a BFA and a BA, focussing in sociology and history, particularly queer theory and history.
Their own artistic and curatorial practice stems from their academic background in queer history, theory, and sociology, as well as their background in very public queer and trans activism and advocacy. She is especially interested in social construction of concepts, identities, and institutions, and examining the validity of long held ideas and values.
Jennifer has been working, volunteering, and freelancing in the arts in both creative, curatorial, and administrative roles for nearly a decade. While studying at the University of Auckland, she founded Trans on Campus, a social / advocacy group that worked and continues working (in her absence) on making sure the university in all its areas is a safe and accessible space.
She also curates/facilitates at Where? gallery.
In the past, Jennifer has worked or created works for Artspace (Akl), RM (Akl), trans/forming feminisms 2015 (Dun), RDU and Toi Moroki (Chc).