An artist of Ecuadorian and Chinese descent, Marisa Morán Jahn founded Studio REV-, a non-profit organization whose public art and creative media impacts the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, women, and youth. Key projects include El Bibliobandido (a masked, story-eating bandit who terrorizes little kids to offer him stories they’ve written), Video Slink Uganda (experimental films slipped or “slinked” into Uganda’s bootleg cinemas), and Contratados (a Yelp! for migrant workers).
As an artist in residence with the National Domestic Workers Alliance since 2012, Jahn created various projects that amplify the voices of America’s fastest growing workforce, caregivers: two mobile studios (NannyVan, CareForce One), an app for domestic workers that CNN named as “one of 5 apps to change the world,” and CareForce One Travelogues a Sundance-supported docuseries for PBS/ITVS that she co-produced with Oscar and Emmy-winning filmmaker Yael Melamede.
Jahn’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art Forum, BBC, Univision, CNN; awarded grants from Creative Capital, Rockefeller Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, MAP Fund, NEA, Anonymous Was a Woman; and showcased at The White House in D.C., Museum of Modern Art, New Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Walker Art Center, and more. A graduate of MIT, she has taught at The New School, Columbia University, and currently at MIT.