Of Soil and Tongues Panel
15 September, 2017
Amherst, MA: Artists' Performance & Panel Discussion
Miatta Kawinzi, lê thi diem thúy, Sahar Muradi + Laimah Osman
Hampshire College Art Gallery
5 - 6:30pm
The poet-artists in Of Soil and Tongues discuss and perform elements of their work and the experience of expanding their practice into the Gallery, as part of the 5th Annual Amherst Poetry Festival.
(Photo: Assembly, 2017. Vinyl Installation on Window, 80.25 x 69 in.)
FNB Joburg Art Fair
8 - 10 September, 2017
South Africa: I am thrilled to be exhibiting in the FNB Joburg Art Fair at the Bag Factory booth (A04) in association with the David Koloane Writers Mentorship Programme. The fair will take place from 8 - 10 September, 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
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3 - 11 August, 2017
South Africa: I am excited to present a solo exhibition of new works created during my Visiting Artist Residency at the Bag Factory.
Through video, poetics, sculptural installation, and works on paper, I have been exploring ideas surrounding that which rests beneath the surface and the physical, conceptual, and societal resonances of this notion. I am considering the ways in which the "below" can be a rich site of possibility; a place from which to open up space.
Wednesday, August 2nd, 6pm
The Bag Factory
10 Mahlathini St
Johannesburg, South Africa
Pushing Through: Movement Workshop
29 July, 2017
South Africa: As part of my Visiting Artist Residency, I will be leading a performative movement-based workshop on Saturday, July 29th from 11am-4pm at the Bag Factory in Johannesburg. This workshop will use Theatre of the Oppressed exercises, personal writing, and improvisational techniques to explore the ways in which oppression and resistance are experienced and expressed in, with, and through the body.
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Their Own Harlems
20 July, 2017 - 7 January, 2018
NYC: I am thrilled to be included in Their Own Harlems, organized by Connie H. Choi at the Studio Museum in Harlem. In honor of the centennial of the birth of Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000), Their Own Harlems examines the ways in which the urban landscape has influenced Lawrence’s artistic practice, as well as that of other artists. The works in this exhibition thus consider different aspects of urban life, such as the ritual of moving through the city and the direct observation of scenes on the street, to illustrate how the city has served as a source of inspiration for artists across generations.
COMM | ALT | SHIFT
22 July - 23 September, 2017
Newark, NJ: I am excited to be included in COMM | ALT | SHIFT, curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah and Dexter Wimberly. The show includes the work of 14 contemporary artists who use video to explore the complexities and angst of modern times. The exhibition's title references keyboard shortcuts or a sequence or combination of keystrokes on a computer that lead to various, yet specified outcomes. COMM | ALT | SHIFT unpacks video as a ubiquitous technology for entertainment, education and escape, as well as a powerful tool for surveillance, manipulation and control.
Participating artists: Carlos Aires, Bolo (Saks Afridi and Qinza Najm), Delphine Fawundu, Genevieve Gaignard, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, George Jenne, Miatta Kawinzi, Lin Ke, Jen Liu, Jillian Mayer, Nontsikelelo Mutiti and Dyani Douze, Federico Solmi, Jan Staller, and Rodrigo Valenzuela.
Saturday, July 22nd, 2 - 5pm
Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art
591 Broad Street
22 June, 2017
NYC: My video La Tercera Raíz is included in make_ place, a cultural production organized by the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and co-curators Eva Mayhabal Davis and Emilia Shaffer-Del Valle. Artists: Yasi Alipour, Laura Anderson Barbata, Lionel Cruet, Isabella Cruz-Chong, Emmanuel Galvez, Giannina Gutierrez, Miatta Kawinzi, Camille Lee, Cela Luz, Gera Lozano, Umesh Mangipudi, PJ Gubatina Policarpio, Tajh Rust, Stephanie Segura, Heriberto Sanchez, Alex Seel, TiJay, & Selina Zawacki. Opening reception Thursday, June 22nd, 7 - 9 pm at the New York Immigration Coalition.
Bag Factory Artist-in-Residence
1 June - 15 August, 2017
South Africa: I am honored to be an artist-in-residence at the Bag Factory in Johannesburg where I will be developing new work and engaging with the city.
Connections: Video Art
16 June, 2017
Brooklyn, NY: I am excited to be included in Connections, curated by Betsy Lewin - an evening of artist videos featuring the work of Sebastian Carrasco, Sarah Crofts, ray ferreria, Christian Hendricks, Nari Kim, Miatta Kawinzi, Kevin Alan Swenson & Erik Patton at Video Revival, an independent cinema house in Crown Heights.
Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter album
I am so happy to be a vocalist on Track 11: Hunter’s Moon II on the Waning Gibbous album Last Quarter, recorded during my time in Omaha last fall. Waning Gibbous is an open collective of musicians based in the mid-western United States that creates and records spontaneously on the evenings of full moons.
Of Soil and Tongues
1 June - 1 October, 2017
Amherst, MA: I will be exhibiting a new sound/text/video installation in Of Soil and Tongues at the Hampshire College Art Gallery, exhibiting alongside lê thi diem thúy & Sahar Muradi + Laimah Osman; curated by Amy Halliday and Jocelyn Edens. In this group show, three artist-poets chart paths through language and place in multimedia installations.
Above: still from my new video sweat/tears/sea.
OLD NEWS / NEW RULES
21 May, 2017
Brooklyn, NY: I will be screening my video Art M.B.F. at A.I.R. Gallery in OLD NEWS / NEW RULES, a screening & performance program on Sunday, May 21st at 7:30 pm. Organized by Fellow Eleanor King, the event features artists Tiffany Joy Butler, Miatta Kawinzi, Shadi Harouni, Divya Mehra, Joiri Minaya and Elise Rasmussen.
Above: still my from video Art M.B.F.
SEGUE presents VERS
13 May, 2017
NYC: vers (Michael Blake/ray ferreira/Miatta Kawinzi/Erik Patton) performance at Segue Reading series. Curated by Emmy Catedral.
How to serve blackberries & cream: Alexa, keep on running. Rich. When heated, masc-arpone melts. It keeps. They demolished. We re-built. Plated. Have four. I’m not sure how to help you with that. Split & scrape.
Saturday, May 13th
4:30 - 6:30pm
82 W 3rd St, NYC 10012
Whitney Houston Biennial 2017
19 - 29 March, 2017
NYC: I am excited to be included in this year's Whitney Houston Biennial, curated by C. Finley. Opening Sunday, March 19th, 4 - 8pm at 325 West Broadway, NYC 10013.
Known Unknowns Group Exhibition
Apogee Journal, Issue 08
15 December, 2016
NYC: I am honored to be a featured artist in Issue 08 of Apogee Journal.
The issue launch party will be held on Thursday, 15 December from 7 - 9pm at the Asian American Writers' Workshop.
Above: my photograph Hands Up #1.
Pelo Buena Pelo Mala at IMI
20 November, 2016
NYC: I will be presenting my video La Tercera Raíz (Spanish version) and co-facilitating discussion at this screening and dialogue on race/colorism within the Afro/Latinx community alongside Tiffany Joy Butler, ray ferreira, Linda Paúla Marcos & Joiri Minaya at Immigrant Movement International in Corona, Queens.
InLight Richmond 2016
11 November, 2016
Richmond, VA: I am excited to have been invited to present a new iteration of my installation gatherin' space at InLight Richmond, curated by Emily Smith. Organized by 1708 Gallery, InLight Richmond is an annual free public exhibition of light-based art and performances, this year held in Scott's Addition.
Open House/Open Studios - Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
15 October, 2016
Omaha, NE: I will be showing new performance + video work at the Bemis Center's Open House/Open Studios.
Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Nebraska - Omaha
22 September, 2016
Omaha, NE: I will be giving a lecture on my practice at the University of Nebraska - Omaha's UNO Gallery on Thursday, September 22nd at 7pm. The gallery is located in the Weber Fine Arts building at 6505 University Dr S, Omaha, NE 68182.
Artist-in-Residence, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
7 September - 18 November, 2016
Omaha, NE: I am incredibly honored to be selected as an Artist-in-Residence for the Sci-Fi & the Human Condition residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, a thematic residency focusing on science fiction and the inherent intersectionality of race, class, and gender.
Articulating Gesture Workshop
28 August, 2016: 2 - 4 PM
NYC: Please join me for my workshop Articulating Gesture, organized through the Studio Squared Public Programs at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Navigating the intersection of urban vernacular and bodily gesture, this workshop invites exhibiting Harlem Postcards artist Miatta Kawinzi to expand upon her work Streetspeak (2016). The program will commence with a walking tour of 125th Street led by the artist, in which participants will engage in active listening amongst the plethora of conversations and acoustics of Harlem's sidewalks and public spaces. In the Museum's Theatre, guests will then activate an assemblage of overheard popular phrases and sentiments through collective movement exercises. Utilizing this same language, participants will encapsulate their experience by collaging text-and-image combinations onto a unique postcard of their own.
Free & open to the public; you can pre-register here.
Beta-Local, Seminario Itinerante
2 - 20 August, 2016
Puerto Rico: I am excited to participate in the Seminario Itinerante through San Juan's Beta-Local, organized by Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Anahita Hekmat and Michelle Nonó. The Itinerant Seminar is a seminar-on-foot for artists who are interested in aesthetics, art, images and language in relation to land, geography, built structures, industrial and military devastation, freedom of movement and migration. This year's route is along the western coast of Puerto Rico, from Aguadilla to Cabo Rojo.
Studio Museum in Harlem, Harlem Postcards Exhibition
14 July - 30 October, 2016
NYC: I am honored to be commissioned to create a new work - Streetspeak - reflecting on Harlem and to be exhibiting at the Studio Museum in Harlem in the Harlem Postcards show, organized by Assistant Curator Hallie Ringle as part of the Summer Exhibition Season, alongside Alannis Alba, John Jennings, and Nontsikelelo Mutiti.
Harlem Postcards is an ongoing project that invites contemporary artists of diverse backgrounds to reflect on Harlem as a site of cultural activity, political vitality, visual stimuli, artistic contemplation and creative production. Representing intimate and dynamic perspectives of Harlem, the images reflect the idiosyncratic visions of contemporary artists from a wide range of backgrounds and locations. Each photograph has been reproduced as a limited edition postcard available free to visitors.
10 July, 2016
NYC: I am pleased to be a panelist/facilitator on Navigating Power & Privilege at the Queens Museum, alongside ray ferreira, Ro Garrido, D’hana Perry, and Kameelah Janan Rasheed through the Open A.I.R. Artist Services Program.
The conversation will center on raising critical questions about navigating institutions, examining power and privilege as artists, and sharing collective strategies and tools to support one another.
5 June - 30 July, 2016
NYC: I am pleased to be included in the group show --- revel ---, curated by Lauren Gidwitz at Kunstraum. Artists: Lindsay M Burke, Jacintha Clark, Matthew Craven, Evan Fugazzi, Miatta Kawinzi, Sangram Majumdar, Esperanza Mayobre, Paul Metrinko, Ellen Uzane Schneiderman & Ashley Nicole Wick.
Each artwork draws one into an intrinsic and magical world, each with its own layered and subtle storytelling.
They are autonomous but speak to one another freely.
The personal histories evoked in each artwork’s world focus on their own intimate experiences, but relate to larger ancient histories and contemporary cultural accounts in the making.
The opening reception will be on Sunday, June 5th from 4 - 6pm, and the closing reception will be on Saturday, July 30th from 7 - 9pm at Kunstraum, 20 Grand Ave #509, Brooklyn, NY 11205.
30 April - 1 May, 2016
Oakland, CA: I will be presenting at the Open Engagement - POWER conference as part of The Hidden Curriculum, collectively running an ongoing translation booth and also facilitating movement-based workshops that draw on Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. These events will be held at the Oakland Museum of California.
21 April - 7 May, 2016
Hunter College MFA Thesis Exhibition, Spring 2016
Opening reception Thursday, April 21st, 6 - 8pm.
205 Hudson St
(entrance on Canal)
Ground Floor Gallery
New York, NY 10013
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 1-6PM.
I will be showing my thesis work alongside fellow artists Michael Blake, Ryan Brennan, ray ferreira, Priscilla Fusco, Adam Golfer, Takayuki Kubota & Erik Patton.
13 - 14 November, 2015
NYC: I will be showing new work at Hunter College MFA Open Studios from 6 - 10pm on Friday & 2 - 6pm on Saturday. The studios are located at 205 Hudson St in Tribeca and I'm in #374. This will be an opportunity to see what I've been working on in preparation for my thesis show coming up in the spring.
25 September - 8 November, 2015
NYC: My video Star Spangz is included in the group exhibition Power, Protest & Resistance, curated by Oshun Layne & Danny Simmons with the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. The opening will be Friday, September 25th from 6-8pm at:
Bed-Stuy Restoration Corp
1368 Fulton St, 3rd fl
Brooklyn, NY 11216
I am honored to show my work alongside this group of thought-provoking artists.
26 August, 2015
Mexico City, Mexico: I will be showing new work made this summer in Mexico at SOMA Summer's closing event.
Participants: AK/OK, Shobun Baile, Niels Bekkema, Lyndsay Bloom, Francesco Cagnin, Barb Choit, Olmo Cuña, Erin Diebboll, Gail Dodge, Caroline Doherty, Sara Eliassen, Sara García, Shadi Harouni, Audrey Hope, Einat Imber, Maria Iorio & Raphael Cuomo, Miatta Kawinzi, Eleanor King, Kiyoto Koseki, Laura McMillian, Omar Mismar, Alberto Morreo, Francesco Nazardo, Cristine Posner, Barbara Rauch, Raquel Solórzano Cataño, Elisa Strinna, Shawn Taylor, Ana Wolovick, Vere van Gool, Linda Voorwinde & Claire van Lubeek.
Coordinated by Srdjan Tunic.
Wednesday, August 26th, 6PM at SOMA, Calle 13 #25, Col. San Pedro de los Pinos, 03800 Ciudad de México.
21 August, 2015
Mexico City, Mexico: I will be performing at the Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco in Sobre la presentación/On presentation, a performative function produced by SOMA Summer 2015.
Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba
Linda Voordwinde & Claire van Lubeek
Olmo Cuña in collaboration with Sofia Garfias
Friday, August 21, 2015
Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco, Sala 1
Avenida Ricardo Flores Magón 1
Colonia Nonoalco Tlatelolco, 06995 Ciudad de México, D.F.
Sobre la presentación/On presentation is composed of a series of temporal interventions in a conference room at the Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco. Designed to coincide with the exhibition T de Tlatelolco: Arte, Arquitectura e Historia, this event brings together works that contend with the bureaucratic history and aesthetics of the site formerly occupied by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations.
6 July - 28 August, 2015
Mexico City, Mexico: I am honored to be selected to participate in this year's SOMA Summer program, a unique and dynamic eight-week program for international artists, curators, critics, and art historians designed to promote intense creative work and open dialogue. We will focus on theories of excess departing from Georges Bataille and re-examine the Mexican Baroque, and the program culminates in a showcase of new work. I am grateful to receive a scholarship to attend from Hunter College.
7 April - 4 May, 2015
NYC: I will be showing paintings in The Artivist Rises, a group exhibition honoring the role artists play in raising consciousness during times of struggle at the 1199SEIU Bread & Roses Cultural Project Gallery, 310 W 43rd St, NY 10036. Opening reception: Friday, 17 April, 6 - 9pm. Organized by African Voices magazine.
Artists include: Jamel Shabazz, Ansel Butler, Ocean Morisset, Demar Douglas, Malik Seneferu, Lisa DuBois, Marcellous Lovelace, Imari DuSauzay, Miatta Kawinzi, Paula Wynter, Jalani Morgan, Jimbe' Carroll, Tyson Hall, Derick Cross, Laronz Murray & Aziza.
13 - 14 March, 2015
NYC: I will be showing new work at Hunter College MFA Open Studios from 6 - 10pm on Friday & 2 - 6pm on Saturday. The studios are located at 205 Hudson St in Tribeca and I'm in #374.
4 February - 6 March, 2015
NYC: I will be in the group exhibition After Afropolitan, curated by Aisha Bell Caldwell, Desiree Gordon, Daapo Reo and Yolanda Sangweni & presented by CCCADI, afriPOP!, and Weeksville Heritage Center.
Artists: Cosmo Whyte, Dennis R. Darkeem, Glendalys Medina, Ifeatuanya Chiejina, Imani Shanklin Roberts, Miatta Kawinzi, Murktarat Yussuff, Salym Fayad, Selam Bekele, Valerie Piraino, Vaughn Spann, Aisha Cousins, Delphine Fawundu, Delphine Diallo, Awol Erizku, Derrick Adams, Sana Musasama, Sol Sax, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Danny Simmons, Simone Leigh, Jamilla Okubo, Folasade Adeoso, Laolu Senbajo and Zina Saro-Wiwa.
Opening Wednesday, 4 February, 6 - 9 pm at Weeksville Heritage Center, 158 Buffalo Ave, Brooklyn NY. Artist talks from 12pm on Saturday, 7 February; I'm up at 4pm.
23 January - 2 February, 2015
NYC: I will be in the show Exquisite Corpus, an artist-invite-artist, telephone-style chain resulting in a group exhibition. This show is an experiment of our artistic networks, how we communicate through our craft rather than wall statements, and how we create a body of work through many different eyes, resulting not only in a group show but a collective curation. Opening 23 January from 8 - 11pm with a community banquet at the Industry City Distillery, 33 35th St, 6th floor, Brooklyn, NY.
20 January - 20 February, 2015
Portland, Oregon: My video Star Spangz is included in the juried international group exhibition Translations presented by Emergent Art Space. The online exhibition is here and the live exhibition is at the Feldenheimer Gallery at Reed College, 3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, OR.
"What is lost in translation and what is found?"
Friday, 12 December, 2014
630 - 10 pm
Dwyer Cultural Center
258 St Nicholas Ave, NYC
New York: Desiree Mwalimu and Tiziana Rinaldi-Lewis, co founders of The Portal and the Whale Medicine Theater, an interactive and experimental performance company, mount a specially commissioned pre-solstice exploration of Sincerity and Revelation. The performance will be set to the backdrop of work from Miatta Kawinzi and ray ferreira of the Vers Artist Collective, which explores the queer perspective in art and art culture. Join us for the presentation and post performance reflections with these Emerging artists in this maiden voyage of our newest series, EMERGE – enabling New Work, New Art, and New Knowledge. This event is put on by the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) | $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Children under 12 years of age free. For tickets in advance, please visit emergeseries.eventbrite.com.
20 November, 2014 - 10 January, 2015
NYC: I will be exhibiting new prints in Small is Beautiful at Flowers Gallery in Chelsea. The opening will be on Thursday, 20 November from 6 - 8 pm at 529 West 20th St.
27 October, 2014
NYC: I will presenting on my travels and residency in Cape Town, South Africa during May - August at the Kossak Travel Grant reception at 205 Hudson St, Room 202. The event will be from 7 - 9pm.
17 - 18 October, 2014
NYC: I will be showing new work at Hunter College MFA Open Studios from 6 - 10pm on Friday. The studios are located at 205 Hudson St in Tribeca and I'm in #355. I am also in the Vers Collective group show, From one lover to another, we rely on each other in Room 312.
28 August, 2014
I am honored to be featured in the online edition of Infinity's Kitchen, an experimental literary journal. My video Star Spangz can be viewed in the latest edition here.
8 August, 2014
South Africa: I will be showing new work made in Cape Town at Some Bodies, the visiting artists group exhibition at Greatmore Studios, alongside Emoke Bada and Philiswa Lila. The opening reception will be on Friday, 8 August from 6pm, Greatmore Studios, 47-49 Greatmore Street, Woodstock, Cape Town.
15 & 16 February, 2014
NYC: I will be in the group show B/\MVY AB;$L<Y curated by Pfeiffer McNay and Patrick Mohundro opening Saturday 15 February from 7-10pm. The show is at 2001 7th Ave, NY 10027 in Harlem.
16 January - 13 February, 2014
NYC: I will be in the Honest Bodies exhibition curated by Zachary Frater at the Windows on Amsterdam Gallery at the City College of New York located at 136th St & Amsterdam Ave. The opening reception will be held on 16 January from 5-7pm, and the closing reception will be held on 11 February from 7-10pm.
8-9 November, 2013
NYC: I am now a candidate in the Studio Art MFA program at Hunter College. I will be showing new work at Open Studios on Friday, November 8th from 6-10pm and Saturday, November 9th from 2-6pm. The MFA studios are located in Tribeca at 205 Hudson St (entrance on Canal).
17 December, 2012
NYC: My work will be in the group exhibition Power Play curated by Angela Washko. Opening: 17 December, 5pm-8pm, Roy Wilkins Family Center, 177-01 Baisley Avenue, Jamaica, NY. Participating Artists: Aliya Bonar; Jason Eppink, Kelly Goeller, and Adrienne Silverman; Sarah Kodish Eskind; Miatta Kawinzi; Robert Moya; Alison Nguyen; Don Porcella; Rob Ray; Angela Washko; Tim Winn & Zehra Khan. Presented by Art Connects New York & the Southern Queens Park Association, where my work will join the public collection.
14 - 17 June, 2012
Switzerland: Exhibition with Chantelle Gomez, Sophie Jung & Mahatat at Schlosserei in Basel. Opening 14 June at 18h. Rheingasse 33.
11 - 13 May, 2012
iaab Group Show
Opening: 11 May, 6-9 PM
Oslostrasse 10, Dreispitz, Switzerland
Iram Ghufran (India) | Miatta Kawinzi (USA) | Sylvie Laplante (Canada) | Yuki Okumura (Japan) |
Zhou Yilun (China)
24 Feb - 4 April, 2012
Switzerland: I will be exhibiting new work in a group exhibition with Maurice Mbikayi and Janne Nabb & Maria Teeri - Traces from iaab - at dock in Basel. dock has a physical and online archive of local Basel artists and a window exhibition series. The opening is Friday, 24 February at 18h (6pm).
1 July - 31 December, 2011
NYC: I am honored to be an artist-in-residence at Flux Factory, a laboratory for cross-disciplinary exploration and platform for local and international artists, with full funding through the NY Community Trust.
8 Dec, 2011
On Thursday, December 8, 2011 from 7-9 PM, Miatta Kawinzi will hold an opening reception for her solo show Am I Phthalo Blue? at 3rdEye(Sol)ation Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. The gallery is located at 1501 Broadway, J train to Halsey. The work will also be on view Saturday, December 10 from 3-7PM, and by appointment. Through an array of mediums including painting, video, and installation, the show will reflect on themes of alienation, urban mysticism, the current socio-political climate, and the potential for transcendence in a climate of concrete.
A poet's step
above we leapt
we flew like blackbirds
flew, were free.