Simone Leigh creates ceramic works, videos and installations informed by her interest in African art, ethnographic research, feminism and performance art. She was an artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem from 2010–11. She has exhibited work at SculptureCenter and The Kitchen in New York City; the Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna; L’Appartement22 in Rabbat, Morocco; the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh; and the AVA Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. Leigh has been awarded numerous grants and residencies, including a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program, Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace program, the Art Matters Foundation grant and the New York Foundation for The Arts Fellowship for sculpture. Her work has been written about in Modern Painters, The New York Times and Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art.
What’s Her Face
What’s Her Face is an installation comprised of sculpture and video that uses gestures, ceremony and rituals associated with Simone Leigh’s biography as a conceptual point of departure. This work will include hand-made ceramic, wood and glass-beaded works, informed by Leigh’s ongoing visual research on contemporary art and vernacular objects in the Global South, as well as found objects repurposed for display. What’s Her Face builds upon a group of works developed in previous site-specific installations, performances and actions.