Rebirth Is Necessary
14 May–09 July 202214 May–09 Jul 2022
Rebirth Is Necessary explores the magic and dynamism of Blackness. Jenn Nkiru is an award-winning visionary artist and director. Her works are grounded in the history of black music, experimental-film aesthetics, international art cinema, the black arts movement, and the rich, variegated, experimental tradition of black diaspora cinema. Pushed through her Afro-surrealist lens, past, present, and future are rethought and reordered, creating something soulful and mind-bendingly visceral.
Jenn Nkiru was selected for the 2019 Whitney Biennial. In 2020, she was co-recipient of the Jarman Award. In 2021, she won the Grammy for Best Music Video for Beyonce’s ‘Brown Skin Girl’. It also received a CICLOPE Award, Soul Train Music Award, NAACP Image Award, and Cannes Lion. Her latest piece, Out/Side of Time, commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, opened in 2021, as part of their exhibition Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room.