The xerox photocopy has both aesthetic value and political potential as a tool that widened the scope of who could publish work as well as the pace and breadth of dissemination. In this 1.5-hour workshop, Kameelah Janan Rasheed will discuss her use of the xerox machine in her art practice and installation, A Supple Perimeter (activation 2), with Assistant Curator Meg Onli, then lead a workshop where participants will experiment with photocopy techniques, text manipulation, and collage. Participants will have an opportunity to create their own photocopy-based art works such as concrete poems and figurative abstractions from provided source material from the exhibition library. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own source material if they wish.
Kameelah Janan Rasheed (b. 1985) Kameelah Janan Rasheed (b.1985) is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, writer, and former high school public school teacher from East Palo Alto, CA working in installation, photography, printmaking, publications, and performance. She is on the faculty of the MFA Fine Arts program at the School of Visual Arts and also works full-time as a social studies curriculum developer for New York public schools. Rasheed’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work has been presented at the 2017 Venice Biennale, Institute of Contemporary Art – Philadelphia, Printed Matter, Jack Shainman Gallery, Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx Museum, Queens Museum, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Pinchuk Art Centre, Transmission Gallery (UK), Wysing Art Centre (UK), and others. Her work has been written about Artforum, Guernica Magazine, The New York Times, Art 21, Wall Street Journal, and ArtSlant. Recently shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize in 2017, she is the recipient of several other awards and honors including the Denniston Hill Artist Residency (2017), The Laundromat Project Alumni Award for Art in Community (2017), Harpo Foundation Grant (2016), Magnum Foundation Grant (2016), Creative Exchange Lab at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art Residency (2016), Smack Mellon Studio Residency (2016), Triple Canopy Commission at New York Public Library Labs (2015), Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency (2015), A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship (2015), Queens Museum Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship (2015), New York Artadia Grant (2015), Bronx AIM Fellowship (2015), Process Space Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency (2015), Art Matters Grant (2014), Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant (2014), Center for Book Arts Residency (2013), The Laundromat Project Create Change Fellowship (2013), Center for Photography at Woodstock Residency (2012), among others. She has participated in readings and performances at Housing Works, Cave Canem, Red Bull Arts New York, Poetry Project, among others. She has spoken at the Printed Matter Book Fair, New Museum, Montclair Art Museum, the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Modern Art PS1, Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, Museum of the City of New York, Creative Time, Schomburg Center, New York University, 8th Floor Gallery, and others. She has been a visiting lecturer at Northwestern University, Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art, Williams College, Hampshire College, School of Visual Arts, Parsons, The New School, and Columbia University. A 2006 Amy Biehl Fulbright Scholar to South Africa, she holds a BA in Public Policy and Africana Studies from Pomona College (2006) and an EdM in Secondary Education from Stanford University (2008).