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Kameelah Janan Rasheed

Schering Stiftung Award for Artistic Research 2022

Photo: Christopher Gregory / The New York Times

Kameelah Janan Rasheed

Schering Stiftung Award for Artistic Research 2022

Kameelah Janan Rasheed has been awarded the 2022 Schering Stiftung Award for Artistic Research (with support from the State of Berlin).

Kameelah Janan Rasheed (*1985, East Palo Alto, California, US) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NYC. In their artistic practice Rasheed focuses on topics such as intertextuality, literacy, archiving, and ecology. Rasheed explores Black experimental poetics, vernaculars, and non-linearity as ways of narrating Black experience and thinking about modes of learning/unlearning. The artist is also the founder of Mapping the Spirit, a digital archive that documents Black spiritual life in the US through interviews, photography, video, and ephemera.

In their artistic practice, Rasheed seeks methods to recast meanings and explores the question of how we read on the one hand and how we ourselves want to be read and understood on the other. Rasheed examines language for being incomplete, illegible, and constantly in flux. To do this, Rasheed deconstructs and reconstructs the meaning of literary and scientific texts, experimenting with proportions, syntax, and punctuation. Text excerpts thus become fragmented collages that are either drawn or printed on the wall of an exhibition space or presented on billboards.

Rasheed’s work has been exhibited in the US at the Brooklyn Museum; the New Museum; MASS MoCA; the Queens Museum; the Bronx Museum; the Studio Museum in Harlem; Portland Institute for Contemporary Art; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; the Brooklyn Public Library; and the Brooklyn Historical Society, among others. Their work has been exhibited internationally at NOME; Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; Kunsthalle Wien; Bétonsalon Centre d’art et de recherche, Paris; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Artspace Peterborough; the 57th Venice Biennial; and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, among others. Their public installations have appeared at Ballroom Marfa; the Brooklyn Museum; For Freedoms x Times Square Art, New York; Public Art Fund, New York; Moody Center for the Arts, Houston; The California Air Resources Board; and several others.

The exhibition which is part of the award will open at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in September 2023.

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Media library

Gallery — September 17, 2023

Kameelah Janan Rasheed

Performance Lecture: in the coherence, we weep

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Gallery — September 17, 2023

Award ceremony

Schering Stiftung Award for Artistic Research 2022: Kameelah Janan Rasheed

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Exhibition of Award Winner Kameelah Janan Rasheed in the KW 

Art Award — September 14, 2023 – January 07, 2024

The presentation of Rasheed's artistic work at KW Institute for Contemporary Art is her first major institutional solo exhibition in Berlin.

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The Jury 

Charlotte Klonk studied art history at the Universities of Hamburg and Cambridge. After completing her dissertation, she was a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church College, Oxford University, and a lecturer at the University of Warwick. Since 2011, she has been professor of art history at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.


Nontsikelelo Mutiti is a Zimbabwean-born visual artist and educator. She is invested in elevating the work and practices of Black peoples past, present, and future through a conceptual approach to design, publishing, archiving practices, and institution building. Mutiti holds a diploma in Multimedia from the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA) and an MFA from the Yale School of Art, with a concentration in Graphic Design. Mutiti is the Director of Graduate Studies for Graphic Design at Yale School of Art. She has held academic positions at Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA), SUNY Purchase College and VCUart at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Sinthujan Varatharajah is a political geographer and essayist who researches and writes on statelessness, spatiality, and geographies of (im)power. In 2020, Varatharajah's exhibition "how to move an ark" was part of the 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art." Varatharajah's first book "to all the places that lie behind us" will be published by Hanser Verlag in September 2022.


Clara Herrmann

Director, JUNGE AKADEMIE of Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Since 2019, Clara Herrmann has been head of the JUNGE AKADEMIE, the international artist-in-residence programme of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, with residencies in Berlin (Germany) and Olevano (Italy). For the JUNGE AKADEMIE, she developed the programme Human Machine and initiated the project AI Anarchies with a fellowship programme, Autumn School and exhibition. She is a member of the advisory council of Gesellschaft für Künstlerische Forschung. Herrmann coordinated the Digital Solitude programme of Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, from 2015-19, where she founded and curated the project Web Residencies with guest curators, including Morehshin Allahyari, Tatiana Bazzichelli, Nora O Murchú, and Mary Maggic. She was a research associate in the department for cultural management at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) and is co-publisher of the anthology Der digitale Kulturbetrieb. Clara Herrmann studied literature, law and arts management in Berlin, London and Frankfurt (Oder).



This Project is realized in cooperation with the following partners:

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa

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