Liona R. Nyariri

2018 Residency: September through December

Nyariri’s research based practice explores the ways in which language is created both visually and orally, with a specific focus on Pidgin languages that came from formally Anglophone colonized countries. She uses mythology to explore this theme with a strong engagement in oral story telling that forms the base of how her work is disseminated. She is currently focused on creating an alphabet.

Liona R. Nyariri (b. 1991) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA in Fine Art from Parsons The New School of Design and completed her Whitney Independent Study Program fellowship in 2017. Her work has been presented at Participant Inc, Long Island City Art Fair, Gallery Momo, Cape Town Month of Photography, Young Blood Gallery, AVA Gallery and others. She is the recipient of the ABSA Art and Life award as well as a top finalist for the Sasol New Signatures Award.