Research Expertise and Interest

Visual Art, painting, Drawing, performance, social practice, experimental poetics, African studies, African-American Studies

Research Description

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle is an interdisciplinary visual artist, writer, and performer. Her practice fluctuates between collaborations and participatory projects with alternative gallery spaces within various communities to projects that are intimate and based upon her private experiences in relationship to historical events and contexts. A term that has become a mantra for her practice is the "Historical Present," as she examines the residue of history and how it affects our contemporary world perspective. Her artwork and experimental writing has been exhibited and performed at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Project Row Houses, The Hammer Museum, The Museum of Art at The University of New Hampshire, The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco, The Made in LA 2012 Biennial and The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Hinkle’s work has been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle, Artforum, Hyperallergic, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post and The New York Times. 

Hinkle is also the recipient of several awards including: The Cultural Center for Innovation’s Investing in Artists Grant, Social Practice in Art (SPart-LA), Jacob K Javits Fellowship for Graduate Study, US Fulbright Fellowship, The Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artists Award and The SF MOMA SECA Award 2019. Her writing has appeared in Not That But This, Obsidian Journal, Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics, Films for the Feminist Classroom. Hinkle has published two books, SIR, from Litmus Press 2019 and Kentifrications published with Sming Sming Books and Occidental College 2018.


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