July 2 –
August 30, 2020
Between June and August Kameelah Janan Rasheed presents Leaky Sentences, an ongoing project which considers the practice of publication to not be a process of putting a final and unalterable object into the world, but rather a practice of offering a substrate for emendation, revision, call-and-response, and iteration.

Rasheed resists producing publications that call for passive experiences, subscribing instead to an understanding that texts are unfixed, living organisms desiring iteration and intervention. Drawing on both the poetics and politics of revision, the project gathers inspiration from annotations, paratext, and pretext; Rasheed’s recollections of her father’s notes which include cut up and annotated religious texts; Black vernacular typography; her growing collection of Black printed matter; and autocorrect algorithms.

For Rasheed, texts are part of an ecosystem that is in constant flux, operating with intertextual and interdependent relationships. In this spirit, the project emphasizes process and open participation, unfolding as a collection of workbooks, in-progress essays and writing, half-formed ideas, and research notes—forms Rasheed refers to as “leaky and wet.” The project culminates in a publication with the remnants of our engagement and an essay in progress.

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This project is the third iteration of Rasheed’s ongoing work Scoring the Stacks, previously presented at the Brooklyn Public Library and Haverford College.

Kameelah Janan Rasheed is a Brooklyn-based learner from East Palo Alto, CA. In her work, she inquires about the deeply intertwined spiritual, socio-political, ecological, and cognitive processes of learning/unlearning. Rasheed has exhibited at the 2017 Venice Biennale, ICA Philadelphia, Pinchuk Art Center, Brooklyn Museum, New Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx Museum, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and The Kitchen, among others. She is the author of two artist books: No New Theories (Printed Matter, 2019) and An Alphabetical Accumulation of Approximate Observations (Endless Editions, 2019). Rasheed is currently on the faculty of the MFA Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts, NYC.

This is an ongoing program in our year-long season dedicated to the questions posed by the work of Trinh T. Minh-ha and how they address art, culture, and society today.

Leaky Sentences: a project by Kameelah Janan Rasheed


Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Borges, Musa, and Khidir, 2019. Archival Inkjet Print.
Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Borges, Musa, and Khidir, 2019. Archival Inkjet Print.