The artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed considers herself a learner. In her interdisciplinary practice, she explores technologies and rituals used to generate, share, store and conceal knowledge. Working mainly with text she creates various forms of work, such as sprawling collages and large-scale installations in public space, lecture performances or video.
For Ruhr Ding: Schlaf, Kameelah Janan Rasheed is developing a large-scale work composed of text fragments, photographic elements and film stills. The façade of the former Wertheim department store will be transformed into a large image visible from the Essen-Steele train station. This appropriation of space in a built environment subtly renders visible the architectural and historical layers of urban space – and raises the question of how interpretations of urban settings can be shifted and transformed.
Kameelah Janan Rasheed holds a BA in Public Policy from Pomona College in California and an MA in Social Studies Education from Stanford University.
Kameelah Janan Rasheed (*1985 in East Palo Alto) lives in Brooklyn.