Shani Jamila is a Brooklyn based artist and cultural worker. Her travels to nearly fifty countries throughout the Americas, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean deeply inform her painting, photography and collage practice. She has exhibited and performed at the Manifesta European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Harvard University’s Cooper Gallery, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Brooklyn Museum, New Museum, Smack Mellon Gallery, SCOPE Art Fair, Corridor Gallery and Princeton University.
Shani is the host of Lineage, a project that features curated dialogues with fellow creatives about making socially engaged work in NYC. The community conversations she’s hosted at the Aperture Foundation, Lincoln Center, Harlem Stage, New York Live Arts and the Schomburg Center are known for engaging discussions about the arts and society.
A prolific curator of initiatives that merge culture and human rights, Jamila lectures internationally and has worked with museums, government agencies and non-profits on issues including organizational strategy, program development and grant administration. She currently serves as a mentor for NEW INC, the first museum-led cultural incubator. She was also the first alumni member to sit on the national selection committee for the New Voices fellowship, which allocated resources to rebuild the post-Katrina Gulf Coast.
A TED Resident who was once named “One of our 35 Most Remarkable Women” by ESSENCE magazine, she’s been awarded fellowships and residencies to support her work from MASS MoCA, the Ace Hotel and the J. William Fulbright Foundation. Her portrait and quote are featured in “A Choice to Change the World,” a mural of socially engaged artists and advocates at her alma mater Spelman College.