Kameelah Janan Rasheed
Mapping the Spirit, a digital archive that maps the permutations and contours of spiritual life amongst Black people in the United States through photographs, video, ephemera, and longform interviews launched in September 2017. This project funded by the Magnum Foundation is a serial project with chapters focused on different communities. The first chapter features the Moorish Science Temple of America. My essay, My God Has Another Name, describing the historical and biographic interests in developing the Mapping the Spirit project was published by Triple Canopy in October 2017.
- October 11 - November 24 | in the proper direction: forward/also the ache of (perceived) velocity, Printed Matter | New York, NY (solo)
- September 13 - December 23 | Speech/Acts, Institute of Contemporary Art - Philadelphia | Philadephia, PA (group)
- September 9 - October 14 | Stutter, Visitor Welcome Center | Los Angeles, CA (group)
- May 24 - September 14 | A Supple Perimeter, LMCC - Governors Island | New York, NY (solo)
- May 11 - August 13 | 2017 Venice Biennale, Palazzo Contarini Polignac | Venice, IT (group)
- December 6 | The Kitchen: L.A.B | New York, NY
- November 29 | Josef Sorret, Spirit in the Dark Discussion @ Gavin Brown Enterprises | New York, NY
- November 12 | Sunday Sessions at MoMA P.S. 1: Radical Edits: Reassessing Cultural Narratives @ MoMA P.S.1 | New York, NY
- November 10 | Reading at Poetry Project with Camonghne Felix | New York, NY
- October 6 | University of Maryland Visiting Lecturer Talk | College Park, MD
- September 22 | MoMA PS1 - Printed Matter Panel on Guerilla Collection as part of the CABC | New York, NY
- August 12 | Brooklyn Museum - Artist's Eye: Kameelah Janan Rasheed in conjunction with “We Wanted A Revolution” Exhibition | Brooklyn, NY
- August 11 | 8th Floor Gallery - VISUAL AIDS VOICE=SURVIVAL | New York, NY
- Hyperallergic: Bury, Louis. "An Artist Adopts Avant-Garde Poetry to Express the Limits of Language." Hyperallergic, November 16, 2017
- Brooklyn Rail: Firestone, Jesse Bandler. "VOICE=SURVIVAL." Brooklyn Rail, July 14, 2017
- Artforum: Vogel, Wendy. “Critic Picks: Kameelah Janan Rasheed.” Artforum, June 23, 2017
- Guernica: Roach, Imani. “Kameelah Rasheed: Who Will Survive in America?” Guernica Magazine, March 6, 2017
- FADER: Parham, Jason. “On The Importance Of Creating Black Art In The Time Of Trump.” FADER, February 10, 2017
- The Scottish Sun: McCool, Mary. “'TAKE IT LIKE A MAN' Defiant artwork emblazoned on Glasgow gallery slams silencing of racial violence in US.” The Scottish Sun, February 7, 2017
- Creative Independent: Stosuy, Brandon. “Kameelah Janan Rasheed on research and archiving.” Creative Independent, January 6, 2017
Kameelah Janan Rasheed (b.1985) is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, writer, and former public high school teacher from East Palo Alto, CA. Through installation works that combine photography, printmaking, publications, poetry, and performance, Rasheed’s research and work examine language as it relates to constructions of Black subjectivity.
Rasheed’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work has been presented at the 2017 Venice Biennale, Institute of Contemporary Art - Philadelphia, Printed Matter, Jack Shainman Gallery, Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx Museum, Queens Museum, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Pinchuk Art Centre, and others. Her work has been written about Artforum, Guernica Magazine, The New York Times, Art 21, Wall Street Journal, and ArtSlant.
Recently shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize in 2017, she is the recipient of several other awards and honors including the Denniston Hill Artist Residency (2017), The Laundromat Project Alumni Award for Art in Community (2017), Harpo Foundation Grant (2016), Magnum Foundation Grant (2016), Creative Exchange Lab at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art Residency (2016), Smack Mellon Studio Residency (2016), Triple Canopy Commission at New York Public Library Labs (2015), Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency (2015), A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship (2015), Queens Museum Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship (2015), New York Artadia Grant (2015), Bronx AIM Fellowship (2015), Process Space Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency (2015), Art Matters Grant (2014), Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant (2014), Center for Book Arts Residency (2013), The Laundromat Project Create Change Fellowship (2013), Center for Photography at Woodstock Residency (2012), among others. Rasheed is the founder of Mapping the Spirit, a digital archive that documents the textures and nuance of Black religious experience in the United States through longform interviews, photography, video, and ephemera. She is the author of a forthcoming artist book published by Printed Matter.
She has participated in readings and performances at Housing Works, Cave Canem, Red Bull Arts New York, Poetry Project, among others. She has spoken at the Kitchen, Gavin Brown Enterprises, the Printed Matter Book Fair, New Museum, Montclair Art Museum, the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Modern Art PS1, Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, Museum of the City of New York, Creative Time, Schomburg Center, New York University, 8th Floor Gallery, and others. She has been a visiting lecturer at Parsons, Northwestern University, University of Maryland, Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art, Williams College, Hampshire College, School of Visual Arts, The New School, and Columbia University.
She is on the faculty of the MFA Fine Arts program at the School of Visual Arts and also works full-time as a social studies curriculum developer for New York public schools. A 2006 Amy Biehl Fulbright Scholar to South Africa, she holds a BA in Public Policy and Africana Studies from Pomona College (2006) and an M.A. in Secondary Education from Stanford University (2008).
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