Expanding Local Histories
California • Kameelah Janan Rasheed
About the project
Kameelah will return to her hometown of East Palo Alto to explore the relationship between gentrification, community change, and the preservation of local histories. She will work with local residents to create a digital archive of East Palo Alto’s rich history, which includes everything from experiments with founding a college to environmental activism. In the long term, Kameelah hopes to explore the creation of a digital archive template for other small communities that seek to archive their rich local histories that often face being erased due to factors such as gentrification. The project examines intersecting issues related to housing, segregation, class, race, gender, economic development, and education.
About the Artist
Kameelah Janan Rasheed is an interdisciplinary artist from East Palo Alto, California and based in New York City whose practice uses xerox-based “architecturally-scaled collages,” publications, large-scale text banner installations, digital archives, lecture performances, library interventions, and stand up comedy. Her practice explores the processes of misreading and mispronunciation, and modes of learning and unlearning. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Harpo Foundation Grant (2016), Magnum Foundation Grant (2016), Creative Exchange Lab at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art Residency (2016), Queens Museum Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship (2015), and New York Artadia Grant (2015) among others. She is the author of No New Theories (2019) and An Alphabetical Accumulation of Approximate Observations (2019).