Beyond Space Exhibition
19 October, 2019 - 5 January, 2020
Detroit, MI: I am thrilled to present an iteration of my installation gatherin’ space in the group exhibition Beyond Space, curated by Carrie Mae Weems and Anita N. Bateman.
Beyond Space includes work from Carrie Mae Weems and the Carr Center Independent Scholars, as well as pieces from Jennifer Harge, Carole Harris, Miatta Kawinzi, and David Philpot — multi-disciplinary artists interested in forms of craft, ritual, and memory as sites for creative expression.
These artists confront the duration of legacy evident in the passing of time as well as stories of migration, spirituality, and domesticity, transcending fixed narratives of history by focusing on how, and whom, we commemorate.
Saturday, 19 October, 2019
7 - 9 PM
The Carr Center Contemporary Gallery at The Park Shelton
15 E. Kirby Street, 1st FL
Detroit, MI 48202
Color Me Barbara Screening at NewFest
Miatta Kawinzi, Star Spangz, 2013. Video Still.
26 October, 2019
NYC: The first of her kind, the lesbian experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer paid homage to queer history, bodies, and subculture for over 50 years. An adored mentor, Hammer intentionally fostered a robust lineage of lesbian and queer filmmakers. This shorts program is an introduction to the next generation of radical lesbian and queer filmmakers.
COLOR ME BARBARA pairs Hammer’s works, memorable and underseen, with recent shorts by the latest and greatest experimental filmmakers who have been nourished by her films and friendship, including Scott Miller Berry, Joey Carducci, Liz Rosenfeld, Sasha Wortzel, and the winners of the Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant, Fair Brane and Miatta Kawinzi. By becoming the first, Hammer ensured we would never go without.
I am honored to have my piece Star Spangz included in this program.
Saturday, 26 October, 2019
Cinépolis Theater 8
260 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
Archives, Community & Power Panel Discussion
20 September, 2019
DC: In this age of technological expediency and global unrest, artists must not only create but also inquire and reflect upon key tenets—both present and past—of our culture. POV Spark’s African Interactive Art Residency is exploring the role of archives and the need to embrace diasporic programming in volatile times.
National Museum of African American History and Culture Curator Dr. Rhea Combs will join artists-in-residence Sophia Nahli Allison and Miatta Kawinzi in conversation, grounding the discussion in research and findings from the nine-week residency program.
The panel is a culminating conversation celebrating the end of the African Interactive Art Residency, hosted by POV Spark, CAAMA and Eaton Workshop DC. This event was made possible with support from Open Society Foundations.
Friday, 20 September, 2019
Washington, DC 20005
African Interactive Art Residency
"The Shield, Emblems, and Motto of Liberia as established in 1847." NYPL Digital Collection.
July - September, 2019
NYC, DC, Venice: I am thrilled to be an Artist-in-Residence with POV Spark in partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in the African Interactive Art Residency. This residency supports artists from Africa and its diaspora engaged in political and social issues in experimenting with digital and emerging media to explore new forms of expression. Through the access to archives enabled by the NMAAHC partnership, I am exploring and thinking through historical and contemporary entanglements between the US and Liberia.
The Futurism is Ours: Undoing The Whole Thing at Maysles Cinema
Miatta Kawinzi, Art M.B.F., 2013. Video Still.
14 September, 2019
NYC: I am so honored to be screening two video works alongside the visionary work of Barbara Hammer and Joey Carducci in The Futurism is Ours: Undoing The Whole Thing.
Undoing The Whole Thing is about breaking down and building back up again. Featuring short work by Barbara Hammer, Miatta Kawinzi, and Joey Carducci, the program reflects on the filmmakers’ experiences working within and against cinematic lineages through their exploration of selfhood, queerness, and alternative social realities.
Through combined digital and analog technologies and various modes of cinematic expression, each of these filmmakers renders cinema a space through which to examine and reconstruct the self, the body, and the present moment. Together, they tell a story of queer bodies and image-making, of undoing the whole thing before building it anew.
Kawinzi and Carducci will be present for a post-screening discussion.
Saturday, 14 September, 2019
343 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10027
Double Real, IEA at Burchfield Penney Art Center
9 August - 24 November, 2019
"....to exercise control over a sensible infinity, to master it and to make a clearing out of complexity."
- Curatorial statement based on the writings of Alain Badiou, Cinema as Philosophical Experimentation.
Buffalo, NY: I am thrilled to be exhibiting a surround sound iteration of my soundscape Breathwork as part of the audio programing of Double Real at the Front Yard Gallery at Burchfield Penney Art Center, curated by Rebekkah Palov. This exhibition features recent work in video and sound from past artists-in-residence at the Institute for Electronic Arts (IEA) at Alfred University in Alfred, NY.
Lots of Flying Objects with Beta-Local at the Queens Museum
Installation View at the Queens Museum.
21 July, 2019
NYC: Beta-Local is an artist-run organization based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, dedicated to fostering knowledge, exchange, and transdisciplinary collaboration. Puerto Rico is an archipelago that has been defined by the US Supreme Court as an unincorporated territory “inhabited by alien races.” As part of Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas, Beta-Local will transport its operations to Queens for a full day of programming led by aliens, alongside New York-based collaborators.
I am excited to be a contributor to Satellite calling control, no answer through which collaborators of Beta-Local were invited to mail unidentified flying objects into outer space/outer lands with no clear hope of a response or return, similar to NASA’s 1977 Golden Record, which famed astronomer Carl Sagan suggested was akin to launching a message in a bottle into the “cosmic ocean.” Packages arrived at the Queens Museum from April to July to be opened in the museum on July 21st and displayed as traces of the organization’s work and ideas.
Sunday, 21 July, 2019
Alternatives & Futures
1 - 6 PM
The Queens Museum
New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368
New Body Publication
I am honored to have a critical reflection by Tara Marsden on my piece Star Spangz included in New Body.
New Body is a collection of critical and creative responses to the group exhibition, Social Objects, curated by Emilia Shaffer-Del Valle at CTRL+SHFT Collective in Oakland, CA, in summer 2018. The exhibition examined communication as both practice and medium—addressing, for instance, familial connection, alternative immigration dialogues, and the relationships between queerness and labor—and focused particularly on artists identifying as FQTPOC. Composed of individual responses to each of the artists in the exhibition, New Body is an expansion of these conversations and an extension of that communicative sociality beyond the confines of the gallery.
Edited by Tara Marsden and Emilia Shaffer-Del Valle, the publication includes new writing from Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, Tara Marsden, Ruth Gebreyesus, sair goetz, el, Sarah O’Neal, and Tania Butterworth in response to the work of Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Miatta Kawinzi, Liziana Cruz, Zach Ozma, Grace Rosario Perkins, Camille Lee, and Stephanie Lindquist.
Available in-store (Oakland, CA)/online at Wolfman Books.
Performance with ray ferreira for MoMA PopRally
Collaborative image, Miatta Kawinzi & ray ferreira, 2019.
12 July, 2019
NYC: I will be debuting a new performance - Edges on Fleek: The Borders of Speech - with ray ferreira as part of MoMA PopRally × Queens: Crossroads at Trans-Pecos. This performance will speculate on language as a malleable tool to assert identity, shape space, and (re)frame existing structures.
The event will also feature live music by the Indo-Latin funk jam band Salsa Masala, and a pop-up with treats from Queens Night Market.
Doors open at 7:00pm; performance is at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 and include the performance, live music, a DJ set, a cash bar, and food available for purchase by Queens Night Market.
915 Wyckoff Ave
Ridgewood, NY 11385
FORUM Panel at 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair
4 May, 2019
NYC: Without A Name: On Living and Working Between Spaces
11:30am - 1:00pm
What are our notions of studio, home and identity in the global art world today? Artists RICHARD MUDARIKI, MIATTA KAWINZI, and LIZANIA CRUZ, will engage in a conversation drawing on their experiences of working across cultural and geographic boundaries. Panel moderated by SIDDHARTHA MITTER (Writer).
1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair
FORUM, curated by Black Chalk and Co. (Nontsikelelo Mutiti & Tinashe Mushakavanhu)
775 Washington Street
New York, NY 10014
*The audio recording of this conversation is available here.
Resident Artist Exhibition at Red Bull Arts
12 April - 2 June, 2019
Detroit, MI: Please join us on Friday, April 12th from 6-9pm for the opening of a group exhibition of works completed during the three-month artist residencies of Miatta Kawinzi, Patrick Quarm, and Tiff Massey.
Red Bull Arts Detroit
1551 Winder St
Detroit, MI 48207
Harlem: In Situ at the Addison Gallery of American Art
Installation view of “Harlem: In Situ,” Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover, MA. Shown: from left, works by Jordan Casteel, Sherrill Roland (video, jumpsuit, four images), and Miatta Kawinzi (3 images). Image via Culture Type.
30 March - 31 July, 2019
Andover, MA: Harlem: In Situ explores the depth and complexity of this renowned neighborhood, highlighting the work of some of the most important visual artists working from the late 1920s through today. Initially inspired by the Addison’s trove of Harlem street-photography, this show also includes prints from the collection by Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, James Lesesne Wells, and Vincent D. Smith, as well as several key works by nearly a dozen artists, working across time and media, including Charles Alston, Jordan Casteel, Aaron Douglas, Miatta Kawinzi, Alice Neel, Lorraine O’Grady, and Kehinde Wiley. These artists and their works investigate the legacy and trajectory of Harlem, which encompasses mass migration, opulence, cultural renaissance, depression, demise, empowerment, pride, and gentrification.
Dancing While Black Digital Journal
I am pleased to be a Visual Arts contributor to the inaugural Dancing While Black Digital Journal, with thanks to Visual Curator Nontsikelelo Mutiti. This Journal was produced by Angela’s Pulse and developed and designed in partnership with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and PURPOSE Productions, with funding from The Surdna Foundation.
You can view this issue here.
Artist Panel at Red Bull Arts Detroit
21 February, 2019
Detroit, MI: Please join Red Bull Arts Detroit on Thursday, February 21st at 7pm for our inaugural “Viewfinder” discussion. This panel discussion will engage our three current Resident Artists Miatta Kawinzi, Tiff Massey, and Patrick Quarm, in a discussion about place, how it relates to identity, and the varied ways in which that manifests in each of their practices. Moderated by Michael Stone-Richards, the discussion will be an entry point into the work of all three artists and lay the stage for their exhibition, opening on Friday, April 12th.
Red Bull Arts Detroit Artist Residency
2018 Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant
From left to right: Kimberlee Venable, Ayanna U’Dongo, Anna Burholt, Tandis Shoushtray, Miatta Kawinzi, Vanessa Haroutunian, Cecilia Dougherty, Erica Cho, Carmel Curtis, Lynne Sachs, and Peggy Ahwesh. Image by Tiph Browne.
NYC: I am so immensely grateful to receive the 2018 Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant, administered by Queer|Art!
Release: Last night, a full house packed the main theater at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village to celebrate New York-based filmmaker and multi-disciplinary artist Miatta Kawinzi, who was announced by New York City-based non-profit Queer|Art as the winner of the second annual Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant. Kawinzi will receive a $5,000 cash grant to support the making of a new film installation: “SHE GATHER ME”.
The grant award was announced during a special edition of the acclaimed screening series Queer|Art|Film, organized by Hammer Grant Manager, Vanessa Haroutunian, to recognize some of the many women experimental filmmakers who have been influenced and inspired by Hammer’s prolific career. The evening began with a special tribute to Hammer by Haroutunian and Hammer's longtime partner, Florrie Burke. They then invited the judges for this year’s grant—Carmel Curtis, Cecilia Dougherty, and Ayanna U’Dongo—to announce the winner.
Kawinzi was one of 94 applicants who applied for the Hammer grant in its second year. “SHE GATHER ME” will combine analog and digital film and video, abstracted soundscapes, and sculptural elements in an installation to reflect on the idea of frequency from different vantage points: as material, as energy, and as containing a transformative potential in the face on ongoing societal discord.
Kawinzi has recently been creating sculptural sound and video installations that explore and question themes of selfhood, diaspora, and belonging. With a poetic import, her work incorporates performative elements and proposes techniques of experimentation as a means to imagine the body, social structures, and social relations differently. In her work, she thinks through the politics of temporality and alternative ways of navigating time.
Five other women were acknowledged as finalists for this year—Kim Anno, Erica Cho, Kimberlee Veneble, and collaborators Anna Burholt & Tandis Shoushtray. After the awarding of the grant, Haroutunian presented a selection of short experimental films made by women who have been inspired by Hammer and career. The screening, entitled “The Hammer Mix: Generations,” included works by some of the avant-garde’s most dynamic filmmakers—Peggy Ahwesh, A.K. Burns, Cheryl Dunye, Dani Leventhal ReStack, Lynne Sachs, and Cauleen Smith—and their work was paired with Hammer’s selected film entitled Still Point. Haroutunian and special guests Peggy Ahwesh and Lynne Sachs took the stage after the screening to engage in a conversation about the films and the artists’ influence from Hammer. Hammer wrote about the program, “I am honored to have inspired these genius filmmakers. It truly amazes me for when you are young and working hard you just think about getting the work out. Then to find years later that your films meant a whole lot to certain artists, these and others, just takes your breath away. I am delighted to have their selected works gathered together for tonight's program.”
It’s not about space, it’s about s p a c e
10 - 13 December, 2018
Join us for a multi-disciplinary art exhibition - It’s not about space, it’s about s p a c e - showcasing the work of students from the Fall 2018 Five College Advanced Studio Seminar - Committed to the Idea: Conceptual Cohesion Across Mediums, taught by Professor Miatta Kawinzi at Hampshire College.
This work considers the concept of space as physical, social, emotional, and temporal, posing questions that suggest divergent narratives and open up s p a c e for new interpretation and exploration.
Reception: Wednesday, December 12th, 2018, 6 - 8 pm.
Exhibition dates: Monday, December 10th - Thursday, December 13th, 2018.
Location: Hampshire College Art Gallery
Harold F. Johnson Library Building, Ground Floor
893 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002
Time Slips / Shifts : Forging the Radical
5 December, 2018
Amherst, MA: Time Slips / Shifts : Forging the Radical
What can queer & trans poetics teach us about forging radical ways of being?
Guest artist Charles Theonia 06F returns to Hampshire College in celebration of the release of their artist book Saw Palmettos (Container, 2018), a series of short poems about hormones, community, and the brain-time continuum. Theonia is joined by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art Miatta Kawinzi 07S and Ethics & the Common Good Project Coordinator Teal Van Dyck 06F, each sharing recent work in poetry. Connect with three poets in conversation for an evening of integration and refraction, slips and shifts, embodiment and displacement, and radical poetic remembering -- in this time & beyond.
The readings will be followed with an open dialogue centering the voices of queer & trans students in sharing thoughts, questions and experiences to collectively parse through the navigation of these identities in the then, now, and future.
This event is made possible with the support of the Library Gallery, Knowledge Commons, School for Interdisciplinary Arts, Creative Writing Program, Queer Studies, New Student Experience, Alumni Office SPARC Fund, Culture Brain & Development, and the Ethics & the Common Good Project.
Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
893 West St
Harold F. Johnson Library, 2nd FL
Amherst, MA 01002
Phantom Erratic #16 Sound Performance
30 November, 2018
Western MA: You are cordially invited to Phantom Erratic #16, featuring stimulating electronic sounds and performances by:
Yvette Janine Jackson
Organized by Neil Young.
Friday, 30 November
The Root Cellar
10 Fiske Ave
Greenfield, MA 01301
For Freedoms Town Hall/Panel at UMass
For Freedoms Lawn Sign.
12 October, 2018
Amherst, MA: Organized by The University Museum of Contemporary Art, For Freedoms' Co-Founder Eric Gottesman will moderate a panel of artists and educators in a For Freedoms Town Hall to explore and discuss the role of democracy, art and civic action today.
Panelists will include: Stephanie Shonekan, Chair of Afro-American Studies, UMass; Joseph Krupczynski, Director of Civic Engagement and Service Learning, UMass; and Miatta Kawinzi, multidisciplinary artist and Adjunct Professor at Hampshire College.
Free & open to the public; food will be served.
For Freedoms uses art to encourage and deepen public exploration of freedom in the 21st century.
For Freedoms TOWN HALL: Art, Activism, and Social (In)Justice?
Atrium at John W. Olver Design Building, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Friday, 12 October, 2018
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art, Hampshire College
Amherst, MA: I am incredibly honored to be back at my alma mater, Hampshire College, as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art this fall.
Flyer by Georgia McCandlish.
30 August, 2018
NYC: I am honored to be a featured artist in Femmescapes Vol. 4, a magazine that presents work by queer and trans artists and writers who experience an affinity with femmeness, edited by ray ferreira, Abigail Lloyd & Charles Theonia.
Please join us to celebrate its launch with readings and performances by contributors:
Cyrée Jarelle Johnson
Thursday, 30 August, 2018 | 6 - 8pm
214 Starr Street
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Access Info: Starr Bar is wheelchair-accessible with gender-neutral bathrooms. ASL interpretation will be provided. We ask that attendees please refrain from wearing scented products. If you have access questions/requests, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breathwork Performance at BRIC
25 July, 2018
NYC: In conjunction with the Alchemy exhibition, join us for a performance by Miatta Kawinzi that will use language, movement, and live/recorded sound to explore different kinds of power. Kawinzi will use sound as a force within space to alchemize hardness into softness, giving particular resonance to this transformation in this moment of ongoing societal discord.
Wednesday, 25 July, 2018 | 7pm
Gallery at BRIC House
647 Fulton Street (Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Free / RSVP
Artist-in-Residence, Alfred IEA
Social Objects Exhibition
Miatta Kawinzi, Star Spangz, 2013. Video Still.
6 July - 26 August, 2018
Oakland, CA: CTRL+SHFT Collective is pleased to announce Social Objects, an exhibition curated by Emilia Shaffer-Del Valle and featuring the work of Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Lizania Cruz, Miatta Kawinzi, Camille Lee, Stephanie Lindquist, Zach Ozma, and Grace Rosario Perkins.
Social Objects is about how and why we communicate – with one another and with ourselves, in intimate spaces, and as a member of broader societies. Every day we share, respond, and question, and every day we make choices – meditated or subconscious – about how to convey these thoughts. In eras of revolution and resistance, as ours is now, our choices regarding what and how to communicate carry particular weight.
The exhibition focuses particularly on artists identifying as FQTPOC (Female, Queer, Trans, and/or People of Color) who use and meld the four primary forms of communication – text, movement/the body, visual imagery, and sound.
Opening: Friday, July 6, 6-9pm
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 12-6pm, and by appointment
1430 34th Street
Oakland, CA 94608
Alchemy Exhibition at BRIC House Gallery
Miatta Kawinzi, Pouvoir, 2018. Video Still.
OPENING RECEPTION: JUNE 27, 2018 | 7-9PM
ON VIEW: JUNE 28 - AUGUST 12, 2018
CURATED BY: ELIZABETH FERRER & JENNY GEROW
NYC: Alchemy presents the work of seven artists whose work reflects new ways of thinking about the ancient concept of alchemy – the transformation of matter. Employing diverse media, these artists transform non-conventional materials to create visually layered statements about the body and gender, race, and the environment. Their work – including large-scale installations and work commissioned by BRIC – also manifests the potential for the spiritual to be drawn out from the quotidian world around us. As is BRIC’s tradition for summer exhibitions, Alchemy will be accompanied by a series of lively Wednesday evening and Friday afternoon public programs including those dedicated to conversation, performance, dance, and the healing arts.
Exhibiting artists include Nicole Awai, Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels, Borinquen Gallo, Phoebe Grip, Miatta Kawinzi, Anna Riley, and Kennedy Yanko.
23 May, 2018
France: As a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Paris Residency program at the Cité internationale des arts, sponsored by Mairie de Paris/Mayor’s Office of the City of Paris, I have been researching African diasporic histories and presences in Paris and reflecting on my findings and experience in new work using ink, string, sound, video, and performative gestures. This work explores themes of alienation and belonging, the layered nature of identity, and the shifts between internal and external perceptions of the self and the “other” (and the other selves) as conflated by time, space, and movement. I will be sharing this work in breath/string/body.
Wednesday, 23 May, 2018
Cité internationale des arts, Atelier #8412
18, rue de l'Hôtel de Ville
75004 Paris, France
LMCC Paris Residency
January - June, 2018
France: I am incredibly honored to be a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Paris Residency program at the Cité internationale des arts, sponsored by Mairie de Paris/Mayor’s Office of the City of Paris.
I will be thinking through issues of migration and diaspora - especially in the Afro-Parisian context - through research and studio practice.
Workshop at Columbia University
7 December, 2017
NYC: I will be bringing my Pushing Through workshop to Columbia University. This performative, movement-based workshop uses 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.
RSVP - email@example.com
Artist Talk at Hampshire College
4 December, 2017
Amherst, MA: I will be giving a talk on my recent work in the Studio Art Building at Hampshire College.
12 x 12
29 November, 2017 - 7 January, 2018
NYC: I am happy to be showing new work in the group exhibition 12 x 12 at Black Ball Projects in Brooklyn. Opening Wednesday, 29 November from 6 - 9 pm, the show will run until 7 January, 2018.
University of Richmond Lecture
16 November, 2017
Richmond, VA: I will be giving a public lecture on my work as part of my Adjunct Lecturer appointment at the University of Richmond.
Thursday, 16 November
6:30 - 7:30pm
5 November, 2017
J. Soto Presents...
Miatta Kawinzi, IV Castellanos & Amanda Hunt, ray ferreira, Keijaun Thomas
The artists are performers, dancers, video makers, object makers. They are connected through their individual approaches to their material and expressiveness of embodied existences, and through the sinuous tendons of queer, black, and POC communities. Using their work as they use tools to build, frame, practice, and to repeat; to create approaches that are textual, aware, speak-out-wards and in preservation.
Edging upon the deep areas in-between documentation, performance, and gesture the work is alive. These are approaches, unlanded, yet, this is what I hope we are working towards in community, in fortification. In fortification of our own communities.
Don't Fall Back
Sunday, November 5th, 2017
51-19 Flushing Ave
Of Soil and Tongues Panel
Miatta Kawinzi, Assembly (detail), 2017. Vinyl Installation on Window, 80.25 x 69 in.
15 September, 2017
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.
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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Miatta Kawinzi, Untitled, 2017. Digital Photograph.
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.
RSVP - firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com.
Their Own Harlems
Installation View. Photo by Adam Reich.
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
Miatta Kawinzi, sweat/tears/sea, 2017. Video Still.
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.
OLD NEWS / NEW RULES
Miatta Kawinzi, Art M.B.F., 2013. Video Still.
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.
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
Miatta Kawinzi, Hands Up #1, 2016. Digital Photograph.
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.
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
Miatta Kawinzi, gatherin' space, 2016. Outdoor Installation View. Color Video Projection & Sound on Loop, Aluminum Foil. Dimensions Variable.
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
Miatta Kawinzi, Untitled, 2016. Digital Photograph.
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
Miatta Kawinzi, Streetspeak, 2016. Archival Inkjet Print, 16 x 20 in.
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.