Janet Goldner


Janet Goldner's art work explores culture, identity and social justice in various media: sculpture, photography, video, installation and writing. Her work consistently bridges diverse cultures, focusing on the unique beauty and genius of each as well as what we have in common. Cultural preservation is important to Janet's work. Her research takes the form of immersive field work. Her annual visits to Mali provide inspiration. Janet's social consciousness and my deep and continuing interest in African art and culture also fuel her work.

Janet has lived and worked in West Africa for more than 25 years as an artist, interculturalist, consultant. Since her 1995 Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship to Mali, she has spent several months in Mali every year engaged in many intercultural projects. Throughout her career, Janet has worked collaboratively with multidisciplinary, multiethnic teams focusing on culture, education and women's empowerment. The work could be summed up as building bridges that lead in many directions.