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Kenya (Robinson)

I am an international Southerner, using privilege as plastic material, to get in grown folks' business.

Kenya (Robinson) is a community-taught artist from Gainesville, FL. A past resident of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s WorkSpace Program, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and the Triangle Arts Foundation, she begins an Arts and Industry Residency at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in 2018. A member of the 2014 class for the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, she is currently developing an interactive project to support the enfranchisement of 1.7 million Floridians with former felony convictions*. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the 60 Wall Street Gallery of Deutsche Bank. Her sculpture, Commemorative Headdress of Her Journey Beyond Heaven, was acquired by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture for their permanent collection in 2014. She has presented performance work at Sid Gold’s Request Room; MoMA PS1; JACK; The Kitchen; Thomas Hunter Project Space; The Museum of Modern Art; Gibney Dance Space. And, in 2011, her durational project, The Inflatable Mattress, was featured in the Home Section of The New York Times. (Robinson) has been a contributor to The Huffington Post and Intercourse Magazine and was included in the October/November 2016 issue of Modern Painters with her essay, “The Fate of Excellence”. The inaugural resident for Recess Arts’ online residency ANALOG, an iteration of her Creative Capital funded project, CHEEKY LaSHAE: Karaoke Universal, was included in the Out of Line Series for the High Line during the Summer of 2017. *The voting-rights restoration effort in Florida is a nonpartisan, TIME-SENSITIVE campaign, with a Dec. 31 deadline. More information can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vngfPUCKnNsUUuwnGdkGxxN3_iflzUrQxbEmBB70ukA/edit

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