Jovan Landry is an International Interdisciplinary Artist based in Chicago, who proclaims herself as the "1/3 Filmmaker, 1/3 Photographer and 1/3 Emcee." Jovan's mantra is to use her artistic gifts to reflect the true stories of the world, herself and others.
With the discovery of her unique voice at the age of 16 through creating her own video blogs, she tapped into musical production, film and photography and many other artistic forms. She holds a B.A in Film & Video from Columbia College Chicago, and throughout the years worked with a number of musicians, artists, dancers, businesses, organizations, and fellow filmmakers. Musically, Jovan has a number of self-released EPs & albums, and her lyrical, articulate and high energy performances has landed her on a number of showcases and festivals across the country and overseas, both as a solo act and with her 5-piece backing band, 'The Land'.
In May 2017, Jovan was awarded the Incubate Grant presented from WeWork Creator Awards in Detroit to create her 5th album "Synergy," an all-women produced and performed Hip-Hop Album. With its recent release on March 2019, The Synergy Collective has hosted it's first Hip-Hop Technique Workshop Series for young women, featured at WeWork Creator Awards Berlin, ABC7 Chicago's Windy City Live, The Fly Honey Show, and the Women in Hip-Hop Conference at St. Louis University.
Most recently, Jovan traveled to Haiti with Ozuzu Dances' Project Tool & Black Arts Retreat as a videographer, and was invited to return to Lagos, Nigeria for a second time to participate in danceGATHERING 2019, an “anti-disciplinary” experiment ensued that culminated in a 2-day contemporary performance street festival.
Short Bio: Jovan Landry is a Chicago based Filmmaker, Photographer & Hip Hop Artist. Jovan's mantra is to use her interdisciplinary skills to tell the true stories of the world, herself and others. Her expertise of 10+ years carries a B.A in Film & Video from Columbia College Chicago, an extensive body of films, photographs and self-released albums that are in collaboration with fellow musicians, artists, dancers, businesses, organizations, and fellow filmmakers worldwide, and most recently, the first all-women produced and performed Hip-Hop album "Synergy", featuring Chicago women/femme creators- funded by the Creator Award Grant from WeWork.
(Photo Credit: Ryane Noble)