As an artist­-archivist, Kameelah Janan Rasheed often creates work with found objects, textual fragments, orphaned audio, and other historical residue excavated from sources ranging from flea markets to institutional archives to dumpsters. Ms. Rasheed writes, “Haunted by these displaced fragments, I create work that maps conversations between seemingly discrete text, objects, and sounds. I am interested in juxtaposition and appropriation of existing material culture as means by which to choreograph new narrative possibilities, to reveal temporal glitches, and to explore new ways of reading, writing, and troubling histories.”

Harpo Foundation is pleased to provide Ms. Rasheed with a direct artist grant to assist her production and development of new work.

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