Miatta Kawinzi

Artadia Awardee

Miatta Kawinzi is a Kenyan-Liberian-American multi-disciplinary artist, writer, and educator raised in the US South and based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MFA in Studio Art from Hunter College and BA in Interdisciplinary Art & Cultural Theory from Hampshire College, and has presented work at the Studio Museum in Harlem, MoMA PopRally, Red Bull Arts Detroit, and BRIC. Her solo exhibition Soft is Strong recently opened at CUE Art Foundation in NYC.

Kawinzi works with sculptural sound and video installation, the voice and body, and language to explore practices of re-imagining the self, identity, and culture through abstraction & poetics. Her work explores cultural hybridity, queer temporalities, and the illumination of African diasporic connections across time, space, and geography. Tracing a performative and experimental impulse, she experiments with visual, verbal, sonic, and embodied languages in gesturing towards a poetics of liberation.