Photo by Eboni Sellers
Safiyah Cheatam is a Baltimore-based conceptual and social practice artist, digital storyteller, and afrofuturist. She is pursuing an MFA in Intermedia + Digital Art at UMBC and holds a BS in Electronic Media and Film from Towson University. Through installation art, she uses text, visual metaphors, and dualities to navigate environmental, religious and sociopolitical collective experiences, convinced everything is connected; and is currently researching the role of mundane Afrofuturism in Black Islam.
Safiyah uses the lens of Afrofuturism to produce narrative podcasts and hold community arts facilitations. She is the recipient of the 2019 Rubys Artist Grant by Robert W. Deutsch Foundation for her award-nominated, co-produced podcast OBSIDIAN. She has been featured in The Washington Post, NBC News, BmoreArt, and has exhibited works at New Media Caucus 2019 Border Control: Symposium & Exhibition (Ann Arbor, MI), Parkway Theater (Baltimore, MD), The Peale Center (Baltimore, MD), the University of Maryland (College Park, MD) and Maryland Out-of-School Time Network Regional Conference (Stevenson, MD).