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Serena Jara grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, before moving to New York City when she was 18. Her suburban, middle class background was defined from an early age by feminism and a matriarchal family structure, as well as a flawed neoliberal vision of education and class mobility. While searching for answers within the academic-industrial complex at New York University, she became exposed to the musical and visual creativity of the downtown and Brooklyn-based transgender and queer community. This experience helped her gain an understanding of her own unearned race and class privileges, causing her to reflect on the meaning of institutional access for trans people. Because of the introspective nature of school, as well as her fixation with cinematic fantasy, aggressive femininity, and imagery-loaded music, she began seeking out ongoing collaborations with other artists of trans and/or queer experience.

She now lives in Brooklyn and works as a video/photo based artist and DJ. 

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