Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón

marlene lopez

Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón is an interdisciplinary Latina feminist performance studies. She is Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SUNY New Paltz, and the author of Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora (NYU Press)..Since the dawn of Hip Hop, writers have anonymously inscribed their tag names on trains, buildings, and bridges. Passersby are left to imagine who the author might be, and, despite the artists’ anonymity, graffiti subculture is seen as a “boys club,” where the presence of the graffiti girl is almost unimaginable. In Graffiti Grrlz, Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón interrupts this stereotype and introduces us to the world of women graffiti artists. A rich and engaging look at women artists in a male-dominated subculture, Graffiti Grrlz reconsiders the intersections of feminism, hip hop, and youth performance and establishes graffiti art as a game that anyone can play.