Ashanti

Chaplin

Ashanti Chaplin is a cultural producer and multiform conceptual artist born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, based in Brooklyn, New York. Ashanti holds an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She most recently held the Curator of Public Engagement appointment at Dia Art Foundation and currently serves as the organization's inaugural Cultural Producers Coalition Curator. Ashanti is the recipient of a 2021-2022 Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Themes of reclamation, power, and transformation are her compass points. She leverages institutional resources and platforms to develop new models of collective engagement that unmake oppressive systems and activate networks of embodied equity. Her desire to be in community with a diversity of culture bearers via eclectic means of exchange and expression informs why and how she works at the intersections of liberatory pedagogy, research, design, social, spatial, and material practice. Ashanti has produced programs, installations, commissions, and exhibitions. Notably, Charles Gaines, Dia Beacon, 2021, Dialogues: José Parlá, Stephen Kwok, Savannah Knoop, Montez Radio Press, 2021, No Humans Involved, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art Rotterdam, 2015, Black Heirlooms, 2015, Mateo Tannatt: Pity City Ballet, Performa, 2011. In support of artist projects abroad, she has collaborated with institutions such as The Lowry, Salford, Manchester, UK, Festival d'Aurillac, Greenpeace France, and the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Ashanti has guest lectured and participated in visiting artist programs at Howard University, NYU, Princeton, The New School, Studio Museum in Harlem, Rush Arts Foundation, Wingspan Arts, and the HGSE AIE program. As an educator and curator, her work fosters participatory placemaking and celebrates the knowledge and possibilities teeming at the margins. She aims to build communities of practice that facilitate authentic ways of knowing, being, and creating. Ashanti's fluency as a maker and producer animates the core of her practice and allows her to world-build across mediums, disciplines, and audiences.