Shani Jamila is a Brooklyn based conceptual artist whose work explores identity, genealogy and the idea of home. 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, Ethelbert Cooper Gallery, Centro Provincial de Artes Plásticas y Diseño, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Brooklyn Museum, New Museum, Smack Mellon, SCOPE Art Fair, Corridor Gallery and Princeton University. Her art is also featured in publications including The Iowa Review, MFON Photo and forthcoming volumes from Duke University Press and One World Random House.
Shani lectures internationally, having spoken about the arts and society at institutions including Harvard, NYU, Odeon Firenze, the New York Times and the United Nations. In addition, she’s facilitated live conversations at organizations such as the Aperture Foundation, Schomburg Center, Harlem Stage, New York Live Arts and the Lincoln Center. Her podcast, Lineage, features curated dialogues with an intergenerational group of New York City artists.
A curator of initiatives that merge culture and human rights, she currently serves as a mentor for the Soho House’s creative industry inclusion program and 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.
In 2020, Jamila was appointed an Artist Fellow at The National Arts Club. She’s also been awarded fellowships and residencies to support her work from MASS MoCA, TED, the Aspen Institute, Ace Hotel and the J. William Fulbright Foundation. Once named “One of our 35 Most Remarkable Women” by ESSENCE magazine, her portrait and quote are featured in “A Choice to Change the World,” a permanent installation of socially engaged artists and advocates at her alma mater Spelman College. She holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of California Los Angeles and certification from the International Institute for Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.
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