Because Ecstasy Is Your Birthright - Cleo Barnett

Because Ecstasy Is Your Birthright

Cleo Barnett

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Cleo Barnett is a New Zealand-born and Los Angeles-based post-disciplinary artist, curator, and creative director working in the arts & civic engagement. Cleo’s private art practice explores mythology and collective liberation through an ecofeminist lens. Since 2009, Barnett has directed and produced more than 300 public space interventions across five continents. Collaborating with artists, government agencies, non-profit and community-based organizations, foundations, educators, and global brands, her work shifts culture through public art and mass media experiments.

Barnett is currently the Executive Director of Amplifier, a non-profit design lab that builds media experiments to amplify social movements. Her work has been featured at the Brooklyn Museum, The New York Times, NPR, PBS, CNN, VICE, and elsewhere. Cleo holds an M.A. in Art and Public Policy from New York University, and a double B.A. in Political Science and International Business from the University of Auckland
“My public practice is focused on strategically shifting culture to create the foundations for large-scale policy change, while my private practice is an intimate act of alchemy. It’s here, in the hand creation of one-of-a-kind objects, that I bring artworks into the world intended to be used as a tool for manifestation.”
  • 2021
  • Signed
  • Dreamscapes for manifestation through reconnection to the part of yourself that is made of stardust.
  • Created in stillness during the 2020-2021 quarantine.
  • Each lightbox features layers of analog film photographs captured during transit between 2016-2020 when Cleo was working to amplify progressive movements defending the dignity of their communities, with hand-cut stencil prayers that become illuminated with light, placed within a custom painted lightbox.

Layered analog photography and hand-cut stencil in a custom painted lightbox, 23.5" x 29.5"

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