Miatta Kawinzi is a multi-disciplinary artist. She explores the figure, the inner & outer landscape, and culture as sites of re-imagination & possibility. She works with images, objects, sound, space, the body, and language.
She was born in 1987 in Nashville, TN to a Liberian mother and Kenyan father & received an MFA in Studio Art from Hunter College in 2016 and a BA in Interdisciplinary Art & Cultural Theory from Hampshire College in 2010. Based in NYC, she has exhibited and/or performed her work in the US, Mexico, South Africa, France, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, and Liberia, where her work is included in the Art-in-Embassies public collection in Monrovia.
She has been awarded artist residencies at POV Spark in partnership with the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture (NYC, DC, and Venice, Italy), Red Bull Arts Detroit (Detroit, MI), Alfred University's Institute for Electronic Arts (Alfred, NY), the Cité internationale des arts (Paris, France, with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council), the Bag Factory (Johannesburg, South Africa), the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE), Beta-Local (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Greatmore Studios (Cape Town, South Africa), IAAB (Basel, Switzerland), Flux Factory (NYC), and the SOMA Summer program (Mexico City, Mexico). Additional awards include the 2018 Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant administered by Queer|Art, a NY Community Trust Foundation Fellowship, the Kossak Travel Grant, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant. Recent exhibition/screening sites of her work include Red Bull Arts Detroit, the IFC Center, BRIC, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the FNB Joburg Art Fair.
Her work has appeared in publications including the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Studio Magazine, Dancing While Black Journal (Angela's Pulse & Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics Press), Femmescapes Magazine, and Apogee Journal.
Exploring the intersections of social engagement and creative practice, Kawinzi also works as a community-based teaching artist & workshop facilitator and museum educator. She has participated in talks/panels and/or facilitated workshops in spaces including the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the Octavia Project, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Columbia University, the Queens Museum, Weeksville Heritage Center, and the Open Engagement conference & has held professorial teaching appointments at Hampshire College and the University of Richmond.
Photo: Colin Conces.