Kameelah Janan Rasheed

Kameelah Janan Rasheed is an artist, writer and educator who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Rasheed explores Black textual production and interdisciplinary storytelling. Working across a range of media, forms and contexts, Rasheed takes an experimental approach to the arrangement of letters, words, sentences, shapes, tones and textures. Her work frequently engages with the poetry, politics, and pleasures of approximation as well as (mis)recognition, translation, privacy and dirty data.

A believer in the generative qualities of unfinished work, Rasheed creates iterative and provisional projects. These include publications, poetry, prints, digital archives, lecture-performances, library interventions, performance scores, and sprawling, ‘architecturally-scaled’ xerox-based collages.

She is the author of two artist books, An Alphabetical Accumulation of Approximate Observations (Endless Editions, 2019) and No New Theories (Printed Matter, 2019).

Solo exhibitions

Solo exhibitions include: Are We Reading Closely?, Brooklyn Museum, New York (2020); Perhaps, there is no sequel, Rice University, Houston, Texas (2020); Scoring the Stacks I, Brooklyn Public Library, New York (2019); How to Suffer Politely (and Other Etiquette), Transmissions Gallery, Glasgow (2016); An Opening, Brooklyn Historical Society, New York (2019).

Group exhibitions

Group exhibitions include: Kissing Through a Curtain, Mass MoCA, Williamstown (2020); Ecosystems, New Museum, New York (2018); Are We There Yet? (and other questions of proximity, destination, and relative comfort), Venice Biennale (2017); A Supple Perimeter (activation ii), Institute for Contemporary Art Philadelphia (2017); Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Center, Kyiv (2017).


Awards and residencies include: the Vision Residency, International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York; The California Air Resources Board Commissioned Artist; Pioneer Works Residency, New York; On Religion Photography Grant, Magnum Foundation; Art Matters Foundation Grant; and Triple Canopy at NYPL Labs.