Photo documented by Serena Violet Hodges.
On the Serrano, Cahuilla, Chemehuevi & Mojave's Indigenous land.
jireh l. drake (they // them) is an unapologetic queer, black, trans non-binary baddie & abolitionist, who is reimagining life in Chicago. they are a mixed media drawing and sculpting artist & writer, who is often laughing, chanting or freestyling healing hymns.
jireh uses art to unearth & hold tenderly black trauma && dream & practice the numerous ways black folks can find healing & ease. their work has a strong sense of pattern, texture & movement. with sound & art, & their family, collectives & comrades, they are moving towards a liberated & restorative justice centered world.
their work has been featured in Gallery 400, Depaul Art Museum, Hairpin Arts Center & numerous Chicago grassroots abolitionist campaigns & actions, on top of being archived at the Newberry Library.