Shanna Merola is a conceptual artist, photojournalist and activist legal worker. In addition to her studio practice, she has been a human rights observer during political uprisings across the country - from the deeply embattled struggle for water rights in Detroit and Flint, Michigan, to the frontlines of Ferguson, MO and Standing Rock, ND. Her collages and constructed landscapes are informed by these events. Merola lives in Detroit, MI where she facilitates Know Your Rights workshops on best practices during police encounters, and coordinates legal support for grassroots organizations through the National Lawyers Guild.
Her work has been published and exhibited both nationally and abroad, most recently at the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in South Korea and the George N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art in Detroit, MI. She is a MacDowell Colony Fellow (17), and recipient of the Santa Fe Art Institute's Equal Justice Residency Award (forthcoming).