PRINT April 2019


OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS, Brooklyn-based artist Steffani Jemison—whose work will be on view from May 17 to September 22 as part of this year’s Whitney Biennial—has been quietly and intently laboring at the vanguard of Conceptual, discursive, and black cultural practices across a variety of platforms. Her contributions to these multifarious fields, whether in the form of the acrylic glyphs painted on polyester film of her 2015– “Same Time” series or the kinetic pacing of her early video Escaped Lunatic, 2010–11, place her alongside fellow travelers ranging from Zarouhie Abdalian to Fred Moten to Hito Steyerl, figures who likewise move smartly, passionately, and promiscuously among media. Jemison’s means—lecture, sound installation, drawing, photography, video, and writing, as well as their rich conjunctures—have each differently allowed her to examine “‘progress’ and its

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