Jibade-Khalil Huffman

Jibade-Khalil HuffmanArtist’s Statement

My work is concerned with the written (I published my first book in 2008 and continue to participate in the poetry community—writing books, giving readings and the like), the visual (this includes photography and video), and where these meet in between. This unnamable, third place (which includes performance, installation and web-based interventions) is unified in terms of the application of new forms within forms that already exist.

The subtitle, as utilized in my photographic slideshows and videos, for example, is a device not only for conveying poetic information (couplets that look like subtitles that become a poem) but also “translating” visual information (in this instance, abstractions made up of layers of projected images). In the case of the karaoke poems (love poems written to fit into karaoke form), there is an adherence to the format of karaoke only insofar as this, the scrolling text, allows the poems to take shape. The speed of the scroll, at once natural and circumspect, becomes another way of thinking about breath in the scheme of the poem, while the form itself serves as a corrective to conventions that might otherwise limit our reading of the text.

Website: jibadekhalilhuffman.tumblr.com


Solo/Two-Person Exhibitions/Performances/Screenings

The Four People You Meet At Every Drug Deal,
Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

We Don’t Believe You, You Need More People,
Public Fiction, Los Angeles, CA

Teen Wolf/Teen Wolf Too,
Mt. Tremper Arts, Mt. Tremper, NY

Monster Island Czar,
MoMA/P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NYGroup


Made in L.A. 2014, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Double Jointed, (with Cameron Crawford), Scaramouche, New York, NY
New Wight Biennial 2012, UCLA New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Pixelating: Black in New Dimensions,
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, Brooklyn, NY

Fellowships and Awards

Artist-in-Residence, Workspace, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY

Jerome Foundation Travel Grant


MFA (Studio Art) 2013
Roski School of Fine Art, USC, Los Angeles, CA

MFA (Literary Arts) 2005
Program in Literary Arts, Brown University, Providence, RI

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY