Kean O’Brien is an artist and educator living in Los Angeles. His work revolves around ideas of deconstructing and reconstructing masculinity, queer strategies for survival, binary systems of oppression, and the construction of identification. Kean holds an MFA from CalArts and a BFA from SAIC and until recently held the position of Co-Chair of Photography at the New York Film Academy.
Kean is a transgender-identified artist, curator, educator and administrator with a longstanding commitment to radical pedagogy, community building and grassroots organizing. As artists and educators, we are called upon to approach our work from a place of solidarity with the communities and environments that hold us, to create a sustainable collective for art to thrive in, and aid in the breaking down of the toxic systems leading our bodies, earth and society to global collapse. Only a truly inclusive approach to dialogue and practice can build an art world that supports our longevity as artists and humans, and reflects our greater struggles as a global community. And that, to reference a slightly paraphrased Freire note, education and artmaking should not be a privilege for some, but rather a right for everyone.