Berkeley Art and Interreligious Pilgrimage Project

Dr. Yohana Junker

Dr. Yohana Junker (she/hers) is Assistant Professor of Art, Religion, and Culture at Claremont School of Theology. Her research probes the intersections of art, religion, and decolonial studies, with special attention to contemporary Amerindian and diasporic art practices. An ongoing learner of ancient healing modalities, she investigates how artists, healers, and spiritual leaders create sacred spaces that allow us to reclaim our sense of agency even in the face of impossibility. Junker’s artistic practice is informed by a poetics of embodied resistance and co-belonging. In Dr. Junker’s latest artistic collaboration, she designed a series of rituals and pilgrimage for Joanna Haigood’s performance installation “Love, a State of Grace,” at Grace Cathedral in SF. Dr. Junker’s publications include “Interreligious Pedagogies: Indigenous and Afro-Atlantic Religious Traditions and the Visual Arts,” “Unsettling the Gaze: Bathsheba between Verse and Image,” “Decolonizing Landscapes: Artistic Activism and Eco-religious Imagination.”