Kameelah Janan Rasheed

b. 1985, California, US

Kameelah Janan Rasheed is an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in Brooklyn, NYC. In Rasheed’s practice, language takes form across an ecosystem of provisional projects: large-scale text-banner installations,  lecture performances, publications, sound works, and xeroxed “architecturally-scaled collages” (Frieze, 2018). Her installations act as a means of radical self-publishing, where words are taken off the page to interact materially with architecture, stretched or fragmented “to the edge of legibility.” (Artforum, 2017). With interests in intertextuality, literacy, archiving, and ecology, Rasheed explores black experimental poetics, vernaculars, and non-linearity as ways of narrating black experience and thinking around modes of learning/unlearning. The artist is the founder of Mapping the Spirit, a digital archive that documents black spiritual life in the US through interviews, photography, video, and ephemera.

Rasheed has exhibited internationally at the Venice Biennale (2017), ICA Philadelphia, and Pinchuk Art Center in Kyiv, and at Queens Museum, New Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center, and The Kitchen in New York. Her work has been featured and published in Artforum, Guernica, the New York Times, Triple Canopy, Wall Street Journal, and others. She is the author of two artist books: No New Theories (Printed Matter, 2019) and An Alphabetical Accumulation of Approximate Observations (Endless Editions, 2019). Shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize (2017) and the recipient of many art awards and residencies, Rasheed is currently on the faculty of the MFA Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts, NYC.

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