Multidisciplinary

Miatta

Kawinzi

Miatta Kawinzi is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer, and educator of Liberian and Kenyan heritage. Raised in the US South and based in NYC, she explores hybridity within the African Diaspora and the re-imagining of the self, identity, and culture through abstraction and poetics. She received an MFA in Studio Art from Hunter College in 2016 and a BA in Interdisciplinary Art & Cultural Theory from Hampshire College in 2010. Her work has been presented in spaces including the Museum of the Moving Image, Red Bull Arts Detroit, the Studio Museum in Harlem, MoMA PopRally, BRIC, and IFC Center. She has been awarded artist residencies at the Integrated Digital Media Program at NYU Tandon School of Engineering (Brooklyn, NY), POV Spark in partnership with the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture (NYC, DC, and Venice, Italy), Red Bull Arts Detroit (Detroit, MI), Alfred University's Institute for Electronic Arts (Alfred, NY), the Cité internationale des arts (Paris, France, with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council), the Bag Factory (Johannesburg, South Africa), the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE), Beta-Local (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Greatmore Studios (Cape Town, South Africa), IAAB (Basel, Switzerland), Flux Factory (NYC), and the SOMA Summer program (Mexico City, Mexico). Additional awards include the 2019 Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Alumni Award and the 2018 Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant administered by Queer|Art. Her work has appeared in publications including Dancing While Black Journal (Angela's Pulse & Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics Press), Femmescapes Magazine, and Apogee Journal. Exploring the intersections of social engagement and creative practice, Kawinzi also works as a professor of art, museum educator, and community-based teaching artist/workshop facilitator in spaces such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Octavia Project. She has held professorial teaching appointments at Hampshire College and the University of Richmond.