New York City, USA
Influenced by feminism, African art, and ethnographic research, Simone Leigh creates surreal juxtapositions that subvert traditional iconographic systems and the power structures they support. She was a facilitator at the roaming Asiko program organized by Bisi Silva at The Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria in 2012 and in Dakar, Senegal in 2014. Leigh has received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award, a Creative Capital Grant, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Sculpture. She was an Artist In Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2010–11. She has had solo exhibitions at The Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles; The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Georgia; and The Kitchen, New York City. She has appeared in group exhibitions at the Sculpture Center, Queens, New York; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; L’Appartement22, Rabbat, Morocco; and the AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.