Are We Reading Closely? (II) Kameelah Janan Rasheed
GSA Exhibitions/Glasgow International

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5 Florence Street, Glasgow G5 0YX


11 Jun 2021 - 27 Jun 2021

Thu 14:00 - 18:00
Fri 14:00 - 18:00
Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Sun 10:00 - 18:00



Are We Reading Closely?
2020, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY). Photo: Jonathan Dorado

Are We Reading Closely? (II) Kameelah Janan Rasheed

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New York-based artist, writer, and educator Kameelah Janan Rasheed is known for work that takes an experimental approach to narrating Black experience. Working across a range of media, Rasheed often conceives exhibitions as pedagogical experiences with the power to explore conflicting histories, hidden narratives, archives, memory, and public space. Rasheed is showing work as part of Glasgow International.

Rasheed is especially well-known for projects such as 'How To Suffer Politely (And Other Etiquette)', a series of billboard text works that satirise traditional etiquette guides. Created in response to escalating violence against black people across the United States, the work examines the expectations placed on people to police their reactions while maintaining restraint.

The venue for this solo exhibition is the former Adelphi Terrace Public School, designed by Thomas Lennox Watson (1850-1920), located on the south bank of the Clyde, opposite Glasgow Green. 

Kameelah Janan Rasheed (b.1985, East Palo Alto, CA, USA) is a learner and interdisciplinary artist, writer, and former public high school teacher based in Brooklyn, NYC. Rasheed’s practice takes form across an ecosystem of provisional projects and experiments: large-scale text-banner installations, lecture performances, publications, sound works, library interventions, and xeroxed “architecturally-scaled collages” (Frieze, 2018), and other forms yet to be determined. Her installations act as a means of radical self-publishing, where words are taken off the page to interact materially with architecture, stretched or fragmented “to the edge of legibility” (Artforum, 2017). With interests in 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.  Solo shows include: ‘Scoring the Stacks’, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, New York (2019); ‘How to Suffer Politely (and Other Etiquette), Arnolfini, UK (2019); ‘An Alphabetical Accumulation of Approximate Observations’, Contemporary Art Gallery-Vancouver, Canada (2018); ‘How to Suffer Politely (and other Etiquette), Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2016) Group exhibitions include: ‘Afterlives of the Black Atlantic’, Allen Memorial Art Museum Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, USA (2019); ‘Radical Reading Room’, Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, USA (2019);  ‘ECOSYSTEMS’ (Two-Person Exhibition as part of the Art and Social Justice Residency - The Black School x Kameelah Janan Rasheed), New Museum, New York, USA (2018); ‘Something to Say’, Brooklyn Museum, New York USA (2018); Future Generation Art Prize 2017, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2017); ‘For Freedoms’, Jack Shaimann Gallery, New York, USA (2016).

Part of ‘Across the City’ supported project for Glasgow International, curated by GSA Exhibitions.

Venue Partner: Urban Office