Rashaad Newsome

Film, Performance, Moving image, Digital

Rashaad Newsome's work blends several practices, including collage, sculpture, film & video, animation, photography, music, writing, computer programming, software engineering, community organising, and performance, to create a divergent field that mirrors the intersectionality of their lived experience.

Ansista (2019), African Mahogany Wood, Silicone, Leather, Metal Armature, Textile, Resin, Paint, Swarovski Crystal & Vinyl. Courtesy of the Artist.

Using the diasporic traditions of improvisation, Newsome pulls from the world of advertising, the internet, Art History, Black and Queer culture to produce counter-hegemonic work that walks the tightrope between social practice and abstraction. Collage acts as a conceptual and technical method to construct a new visual, performance, and literary language that highlights the immaterial and material expressivity related to Black American Life.

Assembly (2022), Video & Hologram Installation, Park Avenue Armory Drill Hall. Courtesy of the Artist.

Rashaad holds a 2023 honorary Doctorate Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut and a 2001 BFA in Art History from Tulane University. Newsome's work is in numerous public and private collections. They have exhibited and performed in galleries, museums, and festivals throughout the world, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, The National Museum of African American History, The Park Avenue Armory, The Whitney Museum, MoMAPS1, LACMA, Centre Georges Pompidou, Hayward Gallery, Centro de Arte dos de Mayo, and the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture. Recent awards for their work include the 2022 Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica Award.

Rashaad Newsome is currently in residence at Somerset House Studios.

Commissions & Artworks

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Racially marginalised identities create space through voguing in a digital speculative future

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