Artist Statement

In my current body of work, I have been exploring ideas surrounding that which rests beneath the surface and the physical, conceptual, and societal resonances of this notion through works on paper, sculptural installation, video, and poetics. I am considering the ways in which the “below” can be a rich site of possibility; a place from which to open up space. I have been thinking through the ways in which one’s navigation of space can be constrained by social positioning, and the way in which one’s access to space can also be re-imagined and opened up from one’s societal position. Here I am considering internal, external, and outer space.

This work was created during my visiting artist residency at the Bag Factory in Johannesburg, South Africa for my solo exhibition ( beneath ) which ran August 3rd – 11th, 2017. I have been engaging questions surrounding access to space in Johannesburg and thinking through the ways in which the imagination can be used to enact alternative ways of experiencing and navigating space, which has resonance in the immediate context in which the work was created and also beyond it.

Here I am using a soft touch to think through harsh realities. Barbed wire fencing, for example, becomes malleable, delicate, opened. Dirt ain’t dirty; iron-rich red soil becomes pigment. Wire forms imply a sense of movement in their delicate curvature, dancing between invisibility and visibility. Digging may lead to excavating buried power.

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EDUCATION

2016
Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York, NY
MFA, Studio Art
Honors: Scholarship & Welfare Fund Award, Kossak Travel Grant
2015
SOMA, Mexico City, Mexico
SOMA Summer Program: Georges Bataille’s Theories of Excess & the Mexican Baroque
Honors: Cisneros Scholarship
2010
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
BA, Interdisciplinary Art & Cultural Theory
Honors: Arturo Schomburg Scholarship, Hampshire Grant, Presidential Grant
2009
Super 8 Filmmaking & Transnational Migration & Diaspora, Paris, France
Course of study, program abroad

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2017
( beneath ), The Bag Factory, Johannesburg, South Africa (solo)
Their Own Harlems, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
COMM | ALT | SHIFT, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
make___place, New York Immigration Coalition, New York, NY
Of Soil and Tongues, Hampshire College Art Gallery, Amherst, MA
The Whitney Houston Biennial: Greatest Love of All, chashama at XOCO 325, New York, NY
Known Unknowns, 86 Orchard St, New York, NY
2016
InLight, Presented by 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
Harlem Postcards, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
-revel-, Kunstraum, Brooklyn, NY
Hunter College MFA Thesis Exhibition, 205 Hudson Gallery, New York, NY
2015 Power, Protest & Resistance, Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Solar Anus, SOMA, Mexico City, Mexico
The Artivist Rises, Bread & Roses Gallery, New York, NY
After Afropolitan, Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn, NY
Exquisite Corpus, Industry City Distillery, Brooklyn, NY
Translations, Feldenheimer Gallery at Reed College, Portland, OR
2014
Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, New York, NY
Some Bodies, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa
Beyond, Hunter College MFA Building, New York, NY
The Whitney Houston Biennial: I’m Every Woman, 20 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY
B/\MVY AB;$L<Y, 2001 7th Ave, New York, NY
Honest Bodies, Windows on Amsterdam Gallery & Project Reach, New York, NY
Flux Factory Art Auction, Art in General, New York, NY
2012
Power Play, Southern Queens Park Association’s Roy Wilkins Family Center, Jamaica, NY
Neon Birdsong, Schlosserei, Basel, Switzerland
Groupshow, Basement, Basel, Switzerland
Traces from iaab, dock Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2011
Am I Phthalo Blue?, 3rdEye(Sol)ation Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (solo)
Arrivals/Departures: Women’s Experiences of Migration Under Globalization, Project Reach, New York, NY
Ladies First, The Brecht Forum, New York, NY
(dis)located, Art for Change Gallery, New York, NY
2010
The Poetiques of the Fragment, Hampshire College Art Gallery, Amherst, MA (solo)
Geographies of Space, Clemente Soto Vélez Lower East Side Gallery, New York, NY
Black August, The Brecht Forum, New York, NY

SELECTED SCREENINGS
2017
OLD NEWS / NEW RULES, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015
90s Child, Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, CA
FILMIDEO 2015, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ
2012
New Media Showcase, Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival 2012 with ARC Magazine, Medulla Art Gallery & The University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago multiverse: a black od(d)yssey, Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, Brooklyn, NY
Video Vaudeville, Television Show, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, New York, NY
2011
Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival, Kumble Theater, Brooklyn, NY
2009
New Filmmakers, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

SELECTED PERFORMANCES
2017
SEGUE presents VERS, Zinc Bar, New York, NY
2016
movement/sound/strain, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
gatherin’ voice, 205 Hudson Gallery, New York, NY
2015
Sobre la presentación/On presentation, Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco, Mexico City, Mexico
2014
howdoyoufindeachotherinthedark?, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa
Untitled, with ray ferreira, Honest Bodies, Project Reach, New York, NY
2012
Rashaad Newsome’s Shade Compositions, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
2011
Holler, at Current Wave, 3rdEye(Sol)ation Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Watusa, with Jamal Jordan, Flux Thursday, Flux Factory, New York, NY

ARTIST RESIDENCIES/AWARDS
2017
Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa (10 weeks). Funding awards from the South African National Lotteries Commission & Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.
2016
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE (10 weeks). Theme: Science Fiction & the Human Condition.
Beta-Local, San Juan, Puerto Rico (3 weeks). Seminario Itinerante.
2014
Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa (3 months). Fully funded through the South African National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund & Kossak Travel Grant.
2012
International Exchange & Studio Program Basel (iaab), Basel, Switzerland (6 months). Fully funded through iaab/Galapagos Art Space.
2011-12
Flux Factory, New York, NY (6 months). NY Community Trust Fellowship.

PRESS/PUBLICATIONS
2017
OtherPeoplesPixels Interviews Miatta Kawinzi. Yeapanis, Stacia. 18 May, 2017.
<http://blog.otherpeoplespixels.com/otherpeoplespixels-interviews-miatta-kawinzi>
2016
Featured Artist. Apogee Journal. Issue 08. December 2016.
2015
Interview. Muchas Cosas. Huizar, Isauro. 11 May, 2015.
<http://muchascosas.org/arte/miatta-kawinzi/>
2014
Featured Video: Star Spangz. Infinity’s Kitchen Experimental Literary Journal. Vol. 7. Online Edition. 28 August, 2014.
“The Whitney Houston Biennial Is Here To Make Your Feminist Art Dreams Come True.” The Huffington Post. 3 March, 2014.
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/03/whitney-houston-biennial_n_4877424.html?utm_hp_ref=arts>
2011
“Featured Artist: Miatta Kawinzi.” Sea Breeze Journal of Contemporary Liberian Art & Writing. Horton, Stephanie, Ed. Vol. 8, Issue I. 1 May, 2011.
“Ladies First, A Celebration of Black Female Expression: Beyond 28 Days.” Sadie Magazine. Wadkins, Kate. 3 March, 2011.

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE
2017
Brooklyn College Community Partnership, Teaching Artist: Interdisciplinary Art. Brooklyn, NY.
Sadie Nash Leadership Project, Faculty: Sisterhood Academy. New York, NY.
2016
Hunter College, Teaching Assistant: The Hidden Curriculum. Graduate Course with Professor Paul Ramírez Jonas. New York, NY.
2015
The Artist’s Institute, Curatorial Fellow. New York, NY.
2013
The Studio Museum in Harlem, Museum Educator. New York, NY.
2013-14
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Visual & Digital Arts Teacher. New York, NY.
2012-13
Rashaad Newsome Studio, Studio Assistant. New York, NY.
2010-11
Harlem Children’s Zone, TechnoArts Program, Teaching Artist: Video. New York, NY.
STARR (Standing Together Achieving Real Results), Teaching Artist: Visual Arts. Brooklyn, NY.
2010
Pariah (Official selection – Sundance 2011, Focus Features), Film Production Assistant. New York, NY.

SELECTED WORKSHOPS, TALKS, PRESENTATIONS & PANELS
2017
Pushing Through, Workshop Facilitator, The Bag Factory, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2016
Pelo Buena, Pelo Mala, Presenter & Co-facilitator, Immigrant Movement International, Queens, NY.
Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE.
Articulating Gesture, Workshop Facilitator, The Studio Museum in Harlem: Studio Squared, New York, NY.
Navigating Power & Privilege, Panelist, The Queens Museum, Queens, NY.
The Hidden Curriculum, Presenter & Workshop Facilitator at the Open Engagement – POWER conference, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA.
2015
After Afropolitan, Artist Talk, Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn, NY.
2014
EMERGE, Presentation & Artist Talk, Dwyer Cultural Center with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, New York, NY.
Youth Arts Workshop, Facilitator, Observatory Neighbourhood Afterschool Project, Cape Town, South Africa.
2011
Current Work, Presentation, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.
Arrivals/Departures, Artist Panel, Project Reach, New York, NY.
(dis)located, Artist Panel, Art for Change Gallery, New York, NY.
2010
Arts & Activism: The Poetiques of the Fragment, Presentation, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.
2009
Media Literacy & Female Representation, Facilitator, Third World Newsreel, New York, NY.
Photography in Communities of Color, Facilitator, Kahlo Gallery, Amherst, MA.

COLLECTIONS
Art Connects New York, Southern Queens Park Association, Public Collection. Jamaica, NY.
US Department of State, Art-in-Embassies, Public Collection. Monrovia, Liberia.
Private Collections.