New York based ZERO1 Art and Technology artist Dr. Les Joynes is recipient of CEC Grants for Mongolia (2014) and St. Petersburg (2017). He created US-Mongolian contemporary performances at Zanabazar Museum of Art, Ulaanbaatar and in Russia the photo series “где Ленин?” documenting Soviet Monuments and Memory.
Following his CEC grant Les returned to Mongolia to lead US DoS-sponsored research on the arts and education and chair the Young Researchers Conference. He is now selected for the Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award.
A native of Southern California Les studied at Goldsmiths, London, and completed his PhD in the Faculty of Art, Environment and Technology, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK and post-doctorate at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He was was Erasmus Scholar at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts, Japan Ministry of Culture Scholar at Musashino Art University and Fellow at University of the Arts London Research Center on Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN).
A scholar on contemporary visual cultures at Columbia University Les is a contributor to the Journal for Artistic Research (JAR) and an editor for ProjectAnywhere, a peer-reviewed journal at University of Melbourne Australia and Parsons School of Design in New York. Les served on the Taipei Biennial “Sites of Desire” curatorial team as well as exhibitions in the UK and Japan and is a Fellow at the Royal Anthropological Institute in London.