"I carry a #WHITEMANINMYPOCKET. I have often appeared in public with a box on my head and consider myself an artist, socialite, and philanthropist. Others have called me a mischief-maker and shit-starter. I cop to all of these. Mostly though, I am an international southerner, using privilege as plastic material, to get into grown folks’ business."
- Kenya (Robinson)
Kenya (Robinson) is a community-taught artist from Gainesville, FL. A past resident of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s WorkSpace Program, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and the Triangle Arts Foundation, she began her residency at Pioneer Works in May 2017. A member of the 2014 class for the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, she recently completed a short-term residency at NurtureART where she explored the intersection of homemade sex toys and the prison industrial complex. (Robinson) has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the 60 Wall Street Gallery of Deutsche Bank. Her sculpture, Commemorative Headdress of Her Journey Beyond Heaven, was acquired by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture for their permanent collection in 2014. She has presented performance work at Sid Gold’s Request Room; MoMA PS1; JACK; The Kitchen; Thomas Hunter Project Space; The Museum of Modern Art. And, in 2011, her durational project, The Inflatable Mattress, was featured in the Home Section of The New York Times. (Robinson) has been a contributor to The Huffington Post and Intercourse Magazine and was included in the October/November 2016 issue of Modern Painters with her essay, “The Fate of Excellence”. An iteration of her Creative Capital funded project, CHEEKY LaSHAE: Karaoke Universal, will be presented during the Out of Line Series for the High Line on August 17th, 2017.