SHANI PETERS

Lives in New York City. Working in Zimbabwe.

Project Description: Artist will travel to Harare, Zimbabwe, to mount “The Crown,” an interdisciplinary, public engagement project that references headdresses of various African, Native American, and Western cultures as a method of celebrating and exploring the concept of self-determination. A version of the installation will be mounted at the Njelele Art Station in Harare, which will host a series of complementary public programs. 

Bio: Shani Peters is a Harlem-based artist from Lansing, Michigan, who works in video, printmaking, and public projects. Her work reflects interests in social justice histories, cultural record keeping, media culture, and community building. Peters completed her BA at Michigan State University, Lansing, and her MFA at The City College of New York. She has exhibited work at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Rush Arts Gallery; Savannah College of Art and Design; the annual Open Engagement Conference; The Contact Theatre; and at Seoul Art Space. She has completed residencies with MOCAD; The Laundromat Project; Project Row Houses/Visual Arts Network; apexart; Lower East Side Printshop; The Center for Book Arts; and the Bronx Museum of the Art’s Artist in the Marketplace program. Peters has taught extensively throughout her community as an arts educator and program designer, working in New York Public Schools, Harlem Textile Works, Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, The Laundromat Project, and as an adjunct lecturer at The City College of New York. She is currently a Workspace Artist in Residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

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Tall Grass Prairie-Osage Nation, 2014. Photo: Dejan Georgevich