Red Bull Arts Detroit is pleased to present its first artist residency exhibition of the year will feature new artworks created by Miatta Kawinzi, Tiff Massey, and Patrick Quarm during the artists’ three-month long, live-in residency. The exhibition will be open to the public from April 12–June 2, 2019, with an opening reception held on Friday, April 12 from 6-9pm.
From photographs of African-American hair salons to paintings on “Ghanian” fabrics produced in Indonesia, the works in this exhibition explore the artists’ own relationships to black material culture and physical space, and the resulting compound identity from their import and export.
The Red Bull Arts Detroit artist residency program is central to the organization’s commitment to emerging and established artists. Three times a year, artists at different stages of their careers are brought to Detroit for a three-month residency at Red Bull Arts Detroit. They are provided housing, studio space, and a $12,000 stipend. Over the course of the residency, artists engage with the local arts community and create new bodies of work for exhibition.
About the Artists
MIATTA KAWINZI is a NY-based filmmaker and multi-disciplinary artist known for creating sculptural, sound, and video installations on the themes of selfhood, diaspora, and belonging. This past December, Kawinzi was named the winner of the second Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant for her forthcoming work, SHE GATHER ME. Kawinzi’s work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, New Jersey; BRIC, Brooklyn; and A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, among others.
TIFF MASSEY is an interdisciplinary artist from Detroit, Michigan. She holds an MFA in metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Massey is a 2015 Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowship awardee, as well as a two-time John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge winner and a Michigan Chronicle 40 Under 40 award recipient. Massey has participated in several international residencies including Ideas City (in Detroit, Athens, Greece and Arles, France) hosted by The New Museum of New York and with the Volterra-Detroit Foundation in Volterra, Italy. Tiff Massey’s work has been widely exhibited in both national and international museums and galleries.
PATRICK QUARM was born in the post-colonial town of Sekondi, Ghana in 1988. Currently living and practicing in Metro Detroit, Quarm received his BFA from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, and MFA from Texas Tech University. Quarm’s work has been showcased around the world at K.N.U.S.T Museum Kumasi, Ghana; Peckham International Art Fair (PIAF), London, England; Caviel Museum of African American History, Lubbock, Texas; and Library Street Collective, Detroit, Michigan.