Pain and Joy II, 2013 | Nsenga Knight
Pain and Joy II
Oil Bar and Gesso on Vegetable Parchment Paper
22.5 x 22.5 inches
Nsenga Knight was born in 1981 in Brooklyn, New York. She currently lives and works in Cairo, Egypt and New York. She has exhibited work at the Drawing Center, New York, NY; Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Project Rowhouses, Houston, TX; Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, Pennsylvania; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, Brooklyn, NY; Amistad Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York, NY; PS1 MoMA among others.
Knight is a 2018-2019 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grantee. She has been a recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant, a Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist grant, a Southern Constellations Fellowship, the Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant, and Brooklyn Arts Council grants.
From 2016-2017 Knight was an Open Sessions artist in resident at the Drawing Center in New York. Knight has held artist residencies at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Galveston Artist Residency in Galveston, Texas, Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia, Film/Video Arts Center in New York, and was a BCAT/ Rotunda Gallery Multimedia Artist in Resident in Brooklyn, NY. From June to August 2019 she will be a BRICworkspace Artist in Residence in Brooklyn, NY.
Knight is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Sapelo Square: An Online Resource on Black Muslims in the United States, which publishes weekly. She earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Arts in Film Production at Howard University.