Jenn Freeman | Po’Chop

Jenn Freeman | Po’Chop

She // Her // Hers

[ID: A portrait of a Black woman with an asymmetrical afro, standing in front of an apricot-colored wall. Her eyes are closed and adorned with purple eyeshadow. She appears to be breathing in, mid-inhale. Her fingertips lightly touch her neck, her face glowing, and her lips spreading into a big smile, giving a look of both serenity and joy.]

Multidisciplinary Artist and Burlesque Performer
Chicago, IL
2022 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett.

Jenn Freeman, also known as Po’Chop, is a Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist and burlesque performer. Freeman uses elements of dance, storytelling, and striptease to expel antiqued notions of blackness, queer identity, spirituality, rage, and healing. They have shared work at the Brooklyn Museum, Steppenwolf Theatre, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago and have been featured in performances including Jamila Woods’ Legacy! Legacy! Unfolded (2019) and season two of Netflix’s Easy (2017).

Freeman’s 2019 work The People’s Church of the G.H.E.T.T.O (Greatest History Ever Told To Our people) combines dance, ritual, and poetry. It reimagines a worship service rooted in the life and work of Audre Lorde and is dedicated to the education and edification of Black women. It was performed at Blanc Gallery in Chicago.

Freeman has received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant (2021), an Illinois Arts Council Agency Artist Fellowship (2021), a dance residency from Rebuild Foundation (2020), an Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative Fellowship (2020), and a Chicago danceMakers Forum Lab Artist grant (2018). Po’Chop serves as a board member and cast member for Jeezy’s Juke Joint, an all-Black burlesque revue.

Portrait photo by Anjali Pinto.

  • Artwork by Jenn Freeman | Po’Chop
    LITANY | Pt. V | Dynamite, 2020. Filmed at Rebuild Foundation by Jordan Phelps.
    [ID: Close up photograph of a wooden chair on its side. A person wearing a tan suit reclines behind the wooden slats of the chair’s back, holding them as though they were bars. A brick wall is visible in the background.]
  • Artwork by Jenn Freeman | Po’Chop
    The People's Church of the G.H.E.T.T.O (Great History Ever Told To Our People) , 2018. Gallery Blanc, Chicago. Photo by Candice Majors.
    [ID: A person dances in a room where the walls have been lined with brown paper bags. They stand to the right of the frame, wearing a bright red dress covering their body and face. One outstretched hand pulls a length of the fabric upward.]
Artwork by Jenn Freeman | Po’Chop Artwork by Jenn Freeman | Po’Chop