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Serena Jara grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, before moving to New York City when she was eighteen. Her suburban, middle class upbringing was characterized by matriarchal family dynamics, as well as a flawed neoliberal vision of education and class mobility. While discovering herself through academic pursuits at New York University, she became exposed to the musical and visual output of the downtown and Brooklyn-based transgender and queer community. This experience helped her gain understanding of her own race and class privileges and positionality. Her fixation with cinematic imagery, aggressive femininity, and imagery-loaded music began to manifest in collaborations with other artists of trans and/or queer experience.

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