Jenn Nkiru


REBIRTH IS NECESSARY is the first solo exhibition presented in Australia by award-winning artist and director Jenn Nkiru. Exploring the magic and dynamism of Blackness in a realm where time and space are altered, this immersive installation conflates the past, present, and future to create a soulful and mind-bendingly visceral experience.

Jenn Nkiru is an award-winning visionary artist and director. 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.

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Artist Biography
Nkiru was selected for the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 2019 Whitney Biennial and in 2020 she was the co-recipient of the Jarman Award. She was the 2021 Grammy Award Winner for Best Music Video for her direction on Brown Skin Girl by Beyonce and also received a CICLOPE Award, Soul Train Music Award, NAACP Image Award, and Cannes Lion award for the clip. Her latest piece, OUT / SIDE OF TIME, commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York opened in 2021 as part of the exhibition: Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room.

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