Melissa (Terra Makuriwa Negron) Ulto,
November 30, 2016
How did you find out about Joanie 4 Jackie and how old were you at the time?
I was 30 and had been making video art for a while but had no place to show it. I finally had a group show at a gallery that had the capacity to show my work, but only if I brought in the equipment.
What interested you about the project?
I loved the fact that it was a woman curating this, and not a rich woman, but an ordinary art maker like myself.
At the time you participated in Joanie 4 Jackie did you consider yourself a filmmaker? What was your relationship to making movies?
Yes, I had been making film and video art for about a decade at that point.
Do you have any specific anecdotes or memories associated with your movie?
I made this film as a reaction to dissolving my need to please or be judged by men.
What did you think/feel about the Joanie 4 Jackie at the time? And now, in retrospect?
I felt like we were a bunch of art rebels, like the Guerrilla Girls (hola to my sistas), and now I feel like we are being memorialized for the work.
What institutions, groups, people, publications and movements were inspiring you at the time of your participation in J4J?
Guerrilla Girls, working with Coco Fusco at Columbia University, and the general feeling of post 9/11 dread.
What do you do now – professionally and otherwise? Are you still involved in filmmaking?
I am a filmmaker still, struggling, and trying to fund my projects.
Anything you would like to see on the J4J site?