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ABOUT
safiyah

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I am Baltimore-based conceptual and social practice artist, researcher, digital storyteller, arts educator and afrofuturist. In my multidisciplinary art practice, I focus on material culture and social phenomena involving Black Muslims in the United States, and the role of Mundane / Afrofuturism in Black folks’ daily lives through which she explores the nuances of duality existing within Black and Muslim people.

 

For my work as a co-producer of my awards-nominated podcast OBSIDIAN, I am the recipient of a Red Bull Arts Microgrant and Rubys Artist Grant by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. I've notably collaborated with the Baltimore Museum of Art, Morgan State University Center for the Study of Religion in the City, Black Islam Syllabus, Sweaty Eyeballs Animation, and has recently completed an internship at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

 

I have been featured in The Washington Post, NBC News, BmoreArt, and has exhibited artworks at New Media Caucus 2019 Border Control: Symposium & Exhibition (Ann Arbor, MI), Parkway Theater (Baltimore, MD), The Peale Center (Baltimore, MD), and the University of Maryland (College Park, MD). I currently serve as a Trustee of the Awesome Foundation, Baltimore, and on the Islamic Art Advisory Committee at the Walters Art Museum. I hold a Master of Fine Arts in Intermedia and Digital Art from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media and Film from Towson University.

 

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