Speaking of her approach to art, Cohen said, “When you’re negotiating your difference, you’re in a space of invention, and it’s a place where new things can happen. You have to solve things in new ways. As a society, when we don’t accept the things people have to offer, we lose out. The resistance to that kind of violence of being left out is that people generate ideas and communities, and people invent.”

Cohen earned her MFA in photography from the California College of the Arts. She has a BFA in studio art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and a BA in philosophy from Tufts University. She has received awards from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, Akademie Schloss Solitude, the Creative Capital Foundation and the Kresge Foundation, and has exhibited work at Site Santa Fe, Ballroom Marfa, the Cranbrook Art Museum and Museum Tinguely.

“I’m very proud of being a part of ASU,” Cohen said. “I’ve had the opportunity to start the Representation Lab and start this series of courses, generally supported by the institution first by Projecting All Voices and then by the Global Sports Institute. I feel proud to be at this big public university where the leadership values including people rather than excluding people and giving a quality education to the most people possible.”

Deborah Sussman

Communications and media specialist, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts