Jenn Nkiru is an award-winning visionary artist and director from Peckham, London. Named by Okayafrica as one of 100 African women using their power, influence, creativity and business acumen to to move culture forward, a creative icon and one of the 200 women redefining the creative industries in 2018 and 2019 by The Dots, one of the 100 global Creative Superheroes shaping culture by Utopia in 2018 and 2019, she is one of the worlds most exciting rising directors. She has steadily been creating a name for herself with her distinctive visual style and powerful use of sound through her short films for the BFI, Frieze, Gucci, Condé Nast, Channel 4 and the Tate. The relationship between visual, sound, and music, as well as movement and tone, are central concerns of her work. Pushed through an afro surrealist lens, her works are grounded in the history of black music, the aesthetics of experimental film, international art cinema, the black arts movement and the rich and variegated tradition of cinemas of the black diaspora and their distinct experimentation with the politics of form. Nkiru is best known in popular culture for her work as the second unit director of visuals for The Carter’s “Apeshit” video (directed by Ricky Saiz) and has also directed music videos for Neneh Cherry and Kamasi Washington the latter of whom she is in the collective THE UMMAH CHROMA alongside Bradford Young, Terence Nance and Marc Thomas. The collective created the 2019 short As Told To G/D Thyself, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her latest film, BLACK TO TECHNO which premiered at Frieze LA Feb 2019, explores the philosophical, geopolitical, sonic and anthropological origins of Techno. Last year, Nkiru extended her practice as an artist and filmmaker to curation. As a founding curator of 4:3 Boiler Room alongside Elijah Wood, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Peaches, she spearheaded a season entitled AFROFREQUENCY: a series of screenings, archive, photography, audios and talks for 4:3, which included an intimate conversation with Janelle Monáe, exploring ideas of identity, womanhood, art, music and blackness. Her dreamlike, cinematic short titled REBIRTH IS NECESSARY, commissioned by Nowness, is ‘a personal powerful exploration of blackness’ and is the winner of the 2018 Canal+ Award at the Clermont Ferrand Film Festival, Best Documentary film at the London Independent Film Festival, Voice of a Woman award at Cannes and the Butterfly award at the Mostra International Film Festival. It was a nominee of the 2018 best short film award at Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival and Blackstar Film Festival. The film was also a 2018 shortlist of the lauded Grierson Award in Documentary filmmaking and most recently won the 2019 Aesthetica Art Prize. In March 2019, it travelled to Sao Paulo where it was exhibited at the MASP and marks her first solo exhibition. Nkiru is one of 75 artists selected for the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 2019 Whitney Biennial by curators Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley. Nkiru is represented commercially by Iconoclast worldwide.