Kameelah Janan Rasheed
Kameelah Janan Rasheed (b. 1985) grapples with the poetics, politics, and pleasures of the unfinished: ecologies of Black living, Black textual production, Black utterances, and Black spiritualities. Rasheed is invested in the agile relationships between the varied modes of reading, writing, archiving, editing, translating, publishing, reflecting upon, and arranging narratives about lived Black experiences. These projects include sprawling, architecturally-scaled Xerox-based collages; large-scale text banner installations; publications; digital archives; lecture-performances; library interventions; and poems/poetic gestures. Rasheed has had national and international solo exhibitions and projects at the New Museum, NY (two-person); Transmissions Gallery, Glasgow, UK; Rice University, Houston, TX; Brooklyn Public Library, NY; Brooklyn Historical Society, NY; and Brooklyn Museum, in addition to public installations with Public Art Fund and For Freedoms / Times Square Arts. Her work has also been exhibited at the 2017 Venice Biennale, and will be included in the Glasgow International, UK (2021) and Prospect.5 (2021). She is the author of two artist books, An Alphabetical Accumulation of Approximate Observations (Endless Editions, 2019) and No New Theories (Printed Matter 2019). Rasheed was also featured as a contributing artist in Speech/Acts, co-published between Futurepoem and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania in 2018.