Jamilah Sabur (b. 1987, St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica) lives and works in Miami.
Metaphysics, geology, and memory are recurrent themes in the work of Jamilah Sabur. In her practice, the artist employs a distinct poetics, reframing territory and nationality. She explores the temporary nature of existence and our fleeting presence in it, a thread that connects us all. A new planetary literacy emerges in her work, where alternate geographies become possible as submerged histories are revealed.
Sabur's work has been shown at galleries and institutions such as Pérez Art Museum, Miami; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit. Sabur earned a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore (2009), and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego (2014). Her work is included in the permanent collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art and Pérez Art Museum Miami. Sabur will be included in the upcoming US Triennial Prospect 5 New Orleans.
Sabur’s recent solo exhibitions include The Harvesters, Bass Museum, South Beach, Miami, FL (2022); Eltanin, Broadway, New York (2022); DADA Holdings, Nina Johnson, Miami (2021);The mountain sings underwater, Momenta Biennale, PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art (2021); Observations: Selected Works by Jamilah Sabur, University of Maryland Art Gallery (2020); Memory Palace, Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, St. Augustine (2019); Stream Gradient, Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami (2019); Un chemin escarpé / A steep path, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2019); Ibine Ela Acu/Water Sun Moon, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, FL (2018); The Rhetoric of the Living, Emerson Dorsch, Miami (2018); If defined, then undefine, Dimensions Variable, Miami (2017).
Her recent group exhibitions include Prospect 5, New Orleans: Yesterday we said tomorrow, New Orleans, Lousianna (2021); Worldmaking Tentacles, Momenta Biennale, Fonderie Darling, Montréal, Québec (2021); Here there And Everywhere, Foley Gallery, NY, (2021); Des Tentacules Façonnant Le Monde, Fonderie Darling (2021); Mending the Sky, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; House to House: Women, Politics, and Place, Frost Art Museum, Miami; The Willfulness of Objects, curated by Silvia Karman Cubiñá and Leilani Lynch, The Bass, Miami (2020); Time Share, Performa, New York (2020); Open Justice, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (2020); The Last Supper, Faena Art, Miami Beach (2019); The Other Side of Now, Pérez Art Museum, Miami (2019); Parallels and Peripheries, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2019); Deconstruction, Frost Art Museum, Miami (2018); Augmented sunrise beneath the skin, Gr_und, Berlin (2018); Études conviviales, SBC galerie d’art Contemporain, Montréal (2018); Between a view and a milestone, ArtCenter South Florida (2018); SCORCHED EARTH, Current Projects, Miami (2018); The World’s Game: Fútbol and Contemporary Art, Pérez Art Museum Miami (2018); Sunrise, Sunset, Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami (2017); baby boy, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland (2017); MemoryLab, History Museum, Miami (2017).
Recent performances and screenings include Beneath the rivers, there are no borders, Future of Demonstration, Vienna, Austria (2018); A derivation of time, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, FL (2018); Beneath the rivers, there are no borders, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami
(2018); Black Radical Imagination in partnership with LUX Scotland, Glasgow School of Art (2017); Black Radical Imagination in partnership with LUX Scotland, ICA London (2017); Latinoamericano Cine Del Nuevo International Festival in Havana (2017); EXiS Festival, Busan Corner Theatre, Busan, Korea (2017); Black Radical Imagination, The Art Institute of Chicago (2017); Crater-Lab, Barcelona, Spain (2017); (S8) Mostra de Cinema Periférico, A Coruña,Galicia, Spain (2017); Los Angeles Film Forum, Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian (2017); San Francisco Cinematheque/Crossroads Film Festival (2017).
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