Kameelah Janan Rasheed

Kameelah Janan Rasheed (b.1985, East Palo Alto, CA, USA) is a learner and interdisciplinary artist, writer, and former public high school teacher based in Brooklyn, NYC. Rasheed’s practice takes form across an ecosystem of provisional projects and experiments: large-scale text-banner installations, lecture performances, publications, sound works, library interventions, and xeroxed “architecturally-scaled collages” (Frieze, 2018), and other forms yet to be determined. 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 about modes of learning/unlearning.  Solo shows include: ‘Scoring the Stacks’, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, New York (2019); ‘How to Suffer Politely (and Other Etiquette), Arnolfini, UK (2019); ‘An Alphabetical Accumulation of Approximate Observations’, Contemporary Art Gallery-Vancouver, Canada (2018); ‘How to Suffer Politely (and other Etiquette), Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2016) Group exhibitions include: ‘Afterlives of the Black Atlantic’, Allen Memorial Art Museum Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, USA (2019); ‘Radical Reading Room’, Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, USA (2019); ‘ECOSYSTEMS’ (Two-Person Exhibition as part of the Art and Social Justice Residency - The Black School x Kameelah Janan Rasheed), New Museum, New York, USA (2018); ‘Something to Say’, Brooklyn Museum, New York USA (2018); Future Generation Art Prize 2017, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2017); ‘For Freedoms’, Jack Shaimann Gallery, New York, USA (2016) For more information visit: