Cauleen Smith is an interdisciplinary artist best known for her work in film. Reactivating archives and harnessing the possibilities of imagination, her work especially addresses issues faced by black women today.
Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019 included Smith’s film Sojourner 2018, presented as a new installation, in which she re-imagines the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum in Joshua Tree, California, as a radical feminist utopia. The work takes its name from and pays homage to activist Sojourner Truth (1797–1883), and to the spiritual journey the film’s protagonists embark upon.
Smith received a BA from San Francisco State University in 1991 and an MFA from the University of California in 1998.
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She lives in Los Angeles and teaches at CalArts. Along with screenings at many international film festivals, her recent solo exhibitions include Cauleen Smith: We Already Have What We Need, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (2019) and Give It Or Leave It, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2017); her work also featured in the Whitney Biennial, New York (2017).
b. 1967, Riverside, California, USA
Lives and works in Los Angeles
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