Ni’Ja Whitson is a gender-nonconforming/transmogrifying artist, performer, and writer who brings together experimental and African Diasporic practices to highlight themes of gender, sexuality, race, and spirit. As a performer and interdisciplinary artist collaboration is key for Whitson—they have worked with artists notable in experimental form such as Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Daniel Alexander Jones, Baba Israel, and Dianne McIntyre.
Whitson is a 2018 Camargo Fellow, a Bessie Award winner, a Jerome Foundation Artist in Residence at Abrons Art Center, a Dance in Process Artist in Residence with Gibney Dance, and a Hedgebrook Fellow. The artist is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of California at Riverside and is the founder and artistic director of The NWA Project.
The Unarrival Experiments
Ni’Ja Whitson is a gender-nonconforming/transmogrifying artist, performer, and writer intersects experimental and African Diasporic practices to highlight themes of gender, sexuality, race, and spirit.Artist Bio
Dark matter and dark energy serve as portals to interrogating spaces of the unknown, yet they have an unequivocal impact on the composition of the universe. The Unarrival Experiments is an interdisciplinary performance project exploring relationships between astrophysics, cosmology, Blackness, Trans embodiedness and premature death via a notion of the vaporous body.