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Kameelah Janan Rasheed’s July 1, 1983

November 14, 2019, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Triangle Arts Association
20 Jay Street, Suite 318
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
(718) 858-1260

Rasheed’s lecture-performance explores themes of exodus within the context of archiving hyperlocal histories of her hometown, East Palo Alto. With an attention to exodus as both a literal as well as figurative movement and dispersal, Rasheed considers how Black migratory patterns trouble notions of coherent and centralized archives. As she works toward a larger body of work about the histories (and futures) of her hometown of East Palo Alto, this lecture-performance and discussion functions as a quiet unraveling of her current research directions.

Kameelah Janan Rasheed is a Brooklyn-based learner from East Palo Alto, CA. In her work, she inquiries about the deeply intertwined spiritual, socio-political, ecological, and cognitive processes of learning/unlearning. She is interested in how proclamations of certainty, containment, and coherence assert themselves through language, institutional structures, and architecture.

Rasheed makes her inquiries visible through an ecosystem of iterative and provisional projects including sprawling, Xerox-based “architecturally-scaled collages” (frieze magazine, winter 2018); interactive publications; large-scale text banner installations; digital archives; lecture-performances; library interventions; poems/poetic gestures; and other forms yet to be determined.  Rasheed has exhibited at the 2017 Venice Biennale, ICA Philadelphia, Pinchuk Art Center, Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, New Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and The Kitchen, among others. She is the author of two artist books, An Alphabetical Accumulation of Approximate Observations (Endless Editions, 2019) and No New Theories (Printed Matter, forthcoming 2019).

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