I am interested in using art as an excuse to have meaningful conversations about time, space, and belonging. A large part of my creative inquiry is devoted to asserting the black body into sites of systemic oppression — including institutional spaces, art history, gentrified communities, or land marked by historic trauma. Throughout my work, I am constantly reflecting on the notions of "home" and how our racial and gendered body complicates this. Formally, my art exists as an interdisciplinary synthesis of performance, video, installation, photography and mixed media collage. I often use my own body in my practice, expanding upon my background in painting and drawing to include process based performative actions.
Helina Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, video, installation, and collage. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at venues including Museum of the African Diaspora (San Francisco, CA), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), New Museum (New York, NY), Galeria Labirynt (Lublin, Poland), and Museum of Modern Art (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). Her work has been reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, and Performa Magazine. 

Helina received her MFA in 2015 from Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her artist residencies include Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Ox-Bow, and Lighthouse Works. She was a 2015-2017 AICAD Teaching Fellow at the San Francisco Art Institute and is a 2018-2019 Visiting Assistant Professor/Artist in Residence of Critical Race Studies at Michigan State University.
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