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Nsenga Knight
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

Through my social practice projects, geometric drawings, text paintings, prints and photographs, I am drawing lines of flight and connecting many dots to answer a pervasive question - who am I and what is my place in the world?
My work borrows from materials found in historical archives, memoirs, rituals, and documentary photographs. I connect the aesthetics and theoretical concerns of new media, the conceptual art movement, minimalism, Suprematism, Islamic geometric art and the Black experience. My upbringing as a first-generation Black American Muslim informs my work in many respects and I seek to make critical contributions to conversations on the status of Black America, American society, politics, culture, and Islam in the 21st century. Through the experience of looking at/ participating in my work, I am inviting my audiences to challenge traditional boundaries of race, nationhood, and religion and create wholly new constructions that broaden our collective imaginations.

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