Jess Dobkin has been a working artist, curator, community activist, teacher and mentor for more than 30 years. Her practice extends across theatres and galleries, art fairs and subway stations, international festivals and museums, universities and public archives. She operated an artist-run newsstand in a vacant subway station kiosk, a soup kitchen for artists, a breast milk tasting bar, and a performance festival hub for kids. Recent works include her commission For What It’s Worth at the Wellcome Collection (London, UK) curated by Honor Beddard and Marianne Templeton and solo Wetrospective exhibition at the Art Gallery of York University curated by Emelie Chhangur (Toronto, Canada). Her practice has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, the ASTREA Foundation, The Theatre Centre, and other institutional and community partners. She taught as a Sessional Lecturer at OCAD University and the University of Toronto and was a Fellow at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. She received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship to support research in international performance art archives and was Artist-in-Residence at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics at New York University. She is currently Performing Archives Lead and Collaborating Artist of Hemispheric Encounters: Developing Transborder Research-Creation Practices (SSHRC). Her film and video works are distributed by Vtape and traces of her performance work are held in libraries and performance art archives internationally.