June 2019– The second issue of Michel Obultra is a portfolio of silkscreen works by Kameelah Janan Rasheed, including three prints on paper and a large format cotton muslin banner. The portfolio is curated by Hailey Loman and Rachel Valinsky. Produced in a signed and numbered edition of 100 + 5AP.
Cardboard is anything but an archival material, yet this box of multiples, which serves as a container for the second issue of Michel Obultra, was initiated as an invitation to highlight and house an artist’s archive, or a project arising out of an archival practice. Kameelah Janan Rasheed’s work moves between these two registers. She approaches the multiple as a precondition: her repertoire is often the dense arena of print culture. Publications, pamphlets, and printed ephemera produce the field of material culture that Rasheed mines in her pedagogy and artistic practice alike.
Kameelah Janan Rasheed (b. 1985, East Palo Alto, CA) is a learner and interdisciplinary artist who seeks to make her thinking (somewhat) visible through an ecosystem of iterative and provisional projects and experiments. This includes sprawling xerox-based “architecturally-scaled collages” (Frieze Magazine, Winter 2018), publications, large-scale text banner installations, digital archives, lecture performances, library interventions, stand up comedy, and other forms yet to be determined. With an interest in experimental poetry, intertextuality, literacy, archiving, knowledge production, and ecology, her practice explores the processes of mistranslation/misreading/mispronunciation, modes of learning/unlearning, contingency, and the instability of meaning.
- Z.W. 02/08/2023