I am interested in conceptually rigorous work across all mediums. This includes A) work that repurposes and appropriates existing images, video, and texts concerning anti-Black racism, militarization, and state sanctioned murder of Black bodies B) work that documents large and small as well as explicit and implicit forms of resistance C) work that invites viewer engagement and action.
Kameelah Janan Rasheed (b. 1985, East Palo Alto, CA) is a Brooklyn-based conceptual artist, writer and educator. As an artist-archivist, her work across all mediums is concerned with memory, discursive regimes, and historiography. A 2006 Amy Biehl U.S. Fulbright Scholar to South Africa, Rasheed holds an Ed.M (2008) in Secondary Education from Stanford University as well as a BA (2006) in Public Policy and Africana Studies from Pomona College.
Rasheed exhibits throughout New York City, Chicago, and Washington D.C. Her first solo installation exhibition No Instructions for Assembly debuted in 2013 at Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut. Selected residencies, fellowships and honors include: Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grantee (2014), New Museum R&D: Choreography Seminar Participant (2014), Vermont Studio Center Residency (2014), Working Classroom Teaching Artist (2014), The Center for Book Arts Residency (2013), The Laundromat Project Fellow (2013), Visual Artist Network Exhibition Residency (2013), Visual Artist Network Community Fund Expansion Grantee (2013), Center for Photography at Woodstock Residency Juror (2013), STEP UP Emerging Artist Awardee (2012) and Center for Photography at Woodstock Residency (2012).
Her work has been reviewed and written about in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ArtSlant and Hyperallergic. Rasheed has spoken on panels and symposiums at the Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, Christie's, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Center for Book Arts and Residency Unlimited. Her writing has been published in The New Inquiry, Gawker and Longreads.