Ni'Ja Whitson

Artist, Performer & Writer, United States

Ni’Ja Whitson (MFA, MFAW) is a Bessie-Award winning gender nonconforming/Trans interdisciplinary artist, performer, and writer who has been referred to as “majestic” by the New York Times,  and recognized by Brooklyn Magazine as a “culture influencer”. Whitson engages a nexus of postmodern and African Diasporic practices intersecting gender, sexuality, race, and spirituality. They are a 2018 MAP Fund recipient, 2018 Dance in Process Artist in Residence with Gibney Dance, and 2017 Hedgebrook Fellow. Recent commissions include EMPAC, Cornell Council for the Arts Biennial, BAM Next Wave Art, American Realness Festival, with financial support from the Mertz Gilmore and Jerome Foundations. Ni’Ja Whitson is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of California at Riverside.

Learn more: www.nijawhitson.com, www.vimeo.com and an interview of the artist.

The Unarrival Experiments

The Unarrival Experiments explores the notion of the “vaporous body” via relationships between astronomy, cosmology, time, Blackness, and premature death. Dark matter and dark energy serve as portals to interrogating spaces of the unknown, yet that which have an unequivicated impact on the composition of the universe. This interdisciplinary project asks: “How do you see something you can’t see?”; “What if Blackness refused to arrive and exists in the unarrival?”; “What is the nature of antebecoming?".

Ni’Ja Whitson is in residence at Camargo from November 30 to December 28, in partnership with the Jerome Foundation and Movement Research.