Simone Leigh’s practice is an ongoing object-based exploration of black female subjectivity. She creates sculpture, videos and installations informed by her interest in African art, ethnographic research, feminism and performance. She is a 2012 Creative Capital Grantee and a recipient of the LMCC Michael Richards award 2012. Leigh has been awarded residencies and other awards, including the 2011 Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, the artist-in-residence program at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2010–11), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program, Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace program, the Art Matters research grant and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Sculpture.
Leigh was a facilitator of the 2012 International Art Programme at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include solos shows at the Kitchen and Tilton Gallery in New York, NY and group exhibitions at Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, SculptureCenter in New York, Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, L’Appartement22 in Rabbat, Morocco, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and the AVA Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. Her work has been featured in such publications as Modern Painters, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Small AxE, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art and EBONY Magazine.