Photo Credit: Marcus Milton

Photo Credit: Marcus Milton

Bio

Kendriana Washington is a writer, artist, speaker and community organizer from Dallas, Texas. Her 10-year career started while working in community education at the Dallas Museum of Art and in public relations for gallery events at the Dallas Design District. She also organized collaborative shows with local artists as a performance poet while she was a student at The University of Texas at Dallas. In her early twenties, she focused her organizing efforts on the Dallas Muslim community where she taught grade school children, served as a care-taking volunteer and hosted charity projects for low-income immigrant communities. In her mid-twenties, she centered community building with Black Lives Matter and various grassroots Black liberation movements in Dallas.  She began studying intersectional pro-Black feminism and the Black arts movement which stoked her interest in political art styles including zine-making, storytelling, and self-portraiture through photography, collage, and mixed media. At that time she also developed an interest in international art, prompting her to visit Mexico City for a month, where she self-studied Mexican art and culture. 

Seeking additional professional skills that aligned with her passion for community work, Kendriana became a licensed first responder and served to rebuild family homes after hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and the 2018 California wildfires. After working rigorously in high-risk field conditions, Kendriana grew roots in Northern California and built the expanding, cross-platform multimedia project, Kendriana Speaks, where she publishes a blog, podcast and curates brazen social media content spaces. In 2019, while seeking to cultivate home and live near family, she relocated to Tulsa where she became an apprentice at the Tulsa Arts Fellowship. Presently, she is zine-making, consulting, creating works for her first solo show and cultivating online social projects. In late 2019, she’ll launch a community foundation to honor her departed grandmother through Black and Brown empowerment initiatives, she is currently developing a school lunch debt payoff program using her own seed money.

Statement

I am an emerging artist, writer and community organizer based in the U.S. My work centers the themes of social issues, sexuality, relationships, spirituality, futurism, and Black culture. I use performance, mixed mediums and the internet to create brazen and liberating literature, media and art. I seek to empower and inspire marginalized people in oppressive spaces by telling our stories, confronting the systemic institutions or ways of thinking that harm us and creating engaging visual and written representations that challenge the status quo. I am currently inquiring on the intersections of Black womanhood, Black experiences with pleasure, and self-sufficient Pan-African futures.