Shani Jamila is a conceptual artist & cultural worker whose work explores ancestry and identity formation in African American and African diasporic communities. She utilizes her family’s genealogical records as a primary source and her travels to nearly fifty countries deeply inform her practice. Her paintings, soundscapes, and collages have been presented at the Manifesta European Contemporary Art Biennial, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Centro Provincial de Artes Plásticas y Diseño, Ace Hotel, Corridor Gallery and Harvard’s Cooper Gallery.
She is the curator and host of Lineage— an archive of intimate, in-depth interviews with contemporary socially engaged Black artists. Her meditative film "We Hold These Truths," produced with the Park Avenue Armory, features reflections from a multidisciplinary group of creatives. She also hosts live talks with artists, writers and scholars at organizations like the Brooklyn Museum, Aperture Foundation, Lincoln Center, Schomburg Center and New York Live Arts. Shani's portrait and quote are featured in “A Choice to Change the World,” a permanent installation of artists & advocates at her alma mater Spelman College. Her work has been supported by the National Arts Club, TED, the Aspen Institute, MASS MoCA, Brooklyn Arts Council, and the J. William Fulbright Foundation.