My upbringing as a first-generation Black American Muslim woman informs my work in many respects and I seek to make critical contributions to conversations on the status of Black America, American society, politics, culture and Islam in the 21st century.
The social practice projects, geometric drawings, text paintings, prints and photographs I create seek out connective dots across geographical space and time. Each of my artistic projects is a permutation responding to my self-reflexive question: who am I and what is my place is in this world?
My creative process is grounded in research, rigorous experimentation with forms and unorthodox uses of materials. I reference historical archives, memoirs, rituals, and documentary photographs within the aesthetic and theoretical contexts of abstraction, new media, the conceptual art movement, minimalism, Islamic geometric art and the Black experience.
My art works exist as invitations to examine new possibilities that broaden our collective imaginations and challenge traditional boundaries of race, nationhood and religion.
Born 1981 in Brooklyn, New York, Nsenga Knight 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, the New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York, NY; PS1 MoMA among others. She 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. She was most recently a recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant, and a recipient of a Durham Arts Council grant, Southern Constellations Fellowship, and was also been awarded with the Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant, Finishing Funds from the Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association, and Brooklyn Arts Council grants. 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 and is currently a 2016-2017 Open Sessions artist in resident at the Drawing Center in New York.