“Stacks of books crowded corners and photographs spilled off the walls into piles on the floor. Family portraits perched atop doily-esque fabric on the mantel brought my grandmother’s home in Alabama rushing back. Within the empty apartment Rasheed, who spent 10 years of her life homeless, captures an evocative mix of the familiar comfort of home and memories of the hostile geographies that shaped hers and so many’s experiences.” – Hyperallergic, July 30, 2014, Alix Taylor.

Kameelah Janan Rasheed (b. 1985) is a Brooklyn-based artist born in East Palo Alto, California. She creates art through different mediums, including installations, book arts, texts, photography, and audio recordings. Rasheed’s art explores memory, ritual, discursive regimes, historiography, and archival practices through the use of fragments and historical residue. Her group and solo exhibitions include No Instructions for Assembly, VII, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA (2015); RESPOND, Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2015); Bartertown (Trading Post XIII: The People’s Economy), Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (2014); and If You Build It, No Longer Empty, New York City (2014). Her fellowships and residencies include the Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship at Queens Museum, Queens NY (2015); and Artist-in-Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT (2014). Her awards include the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, New York City (2014) and Art Matters Foundation Grant, New York City (2014). Rasheed received a B.A. from Pomona College (2006) and an Ed.M. from Stanford University (2008).

Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist