Faculty Associate in Theology, Spirituality, and Arts
Yohana is an educator, visual artist, and a Ph.D. candidate in art and religion at the Graduate Theological Union. Her dissertation, which she will defend this summer, is entitled “Unsettling the Landscape: Appropriation, Representation, and Indigenous Aesthetics in the Land Art of the American Southwest.” In this work, she probes how Land Arts of the American Southwest are implicated in colonial histories and contentious claims to the land. She is a Presidential Scholar at the GTU, a Louisville Institute Fellow, and a Hispanic Theological Initiative Dissertation Scholar.
A life-long Methodist, Yohana was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and received her BA from Universidade Metodista de São Paulo. She migrated to the United States in 2010, and completed an MTS from Christian Theological Seminary in which she examined aspects of spirituality, tragedy, and transcendence in the works of contemporary secular visual artists. In her writing, art, and activism, she investigates the ways artists create poetic spaces that allow viewers to come together, to reclaim agency, and to work collectively toward what Paulo Freire calls conscientização, which restores our sense of purpose, our thirst for justice, and our desire for transformation. Her artwork is central to her scholarship and activism, as demonstrated by her participation in two recent events, the “18th Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium: Political Theology at the Edge—Collectivities of Crisis and Possibility” and “On The Consequences of Hate Speech at the Manny Cantor Center in New York City.” You can learn more about Yohana’s art, theology, and scholarship at http://www.yohanajunker.com