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Upcoming Performances

Hope to see you at some of my following upcoming performances in Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Miami:

"Inalienable Truths" 
Performance: November 16, 2017, 6:00pm
Gallery 102, George Washington University, Washington, DC

Performance: November 17, 2017, 8:00pm
Curated by Labbodies 
Space Camp Gallery, Baltimore, MD

"Universal Belonging"
Performance: December 7, 6pm
Prizm Art Fair, Miami, FL

"Performance is Alive"
Performance: December 9, 8pm
Satellite Art Fair, Miami, FL

Solo Exhibition - Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD)

I am pleased to announce that my solo exhibition at the Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD), is currently on view now through April 2, 2017. 

The exhibition, titled Home | Free, addresses a diasporic longing for a physical and psychic home in a time of increased voluntary and involuntary mass migration of black bodies. Through an interdisciplinary practice of performance, video, installation, photography, objects, and mark-making, I present the complexity, transformation, and rebellion that come with migration, immigration, and gentrification. Home | Free explores the use of home-building materials as art objects and the visual language of maps, lines, text, and movement — all tools to help the body navigate the world.

Please join me for the opening reception and a live performance with musical guest Zena Carlota on Thursday, February 16, at 6:30pm.

Write Up on my work in SF Chronicle

Thanks to San Francisco Chronicle for writing about my current solo exhibition at the Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD) in its print and online publications. The exhibition is on view now through April 2, 2017, and features interdisciplinary work in performance and new genres. The opening reception and live performance will be on Thursday, February 16, at 6:30pm. 

My favorite line is the article is "Metaferia's background is in visual art, and she says she has an appreciation and respect for the art object. But as she's grown as an artist 'I've just matured into thinking the art object is whatever I say it is.'" 

Black Portraiture[s] III Conference Panel Chair/Presenter

I am looking forward to presenting at the Black Portraiture[s] III Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 19, 2016 at 10:30am. I am chairing and presenting on the panel "Performing the Continent: Re-Imagining African Identities through Multidisciplinary Art Practices," along with Rashayla Marie Brown, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, and Tiffany Smith, and moderated by Nikki A. Greene. The conference is put together by New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Harvard University's Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, and Goodman Gallery. You can find more details about Black Portraiture[s] III here. Hope to see you at the conference. 

Solo Exhibition at Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco

The Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco, CA just announced my solo exhibition at the museum as a winner of the Emerging Artist Program. The exhibition will take place January 25, 2017 to April 2, 2017 and will consist of installation, performance, and video. Here is the announcement on MoAD's website. Hope to see you at the opening!  

Upcoming Artist Residencies in 2016

I will be participating in the following artist residencies in 2016:

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Skowhegan, Maine

Vermont Studio Center
Johnston, VT

Saratoga Spring, NY

May 2016 Exhibitions

I will be showing work at the following venues in May 2016:

International Video Art House Madrid Festival
La Neomudejar Arts Center
Madrid, Spain
May 7, 2016
There will be a screening of my video The Newest Flower in the video art from Ethiopia segment by Addis Video Art Festival. More info on the festival at

Identify: Performance as Portraiture
National Portrait Gallery
Washington, DC
May 14, 2016
I will assist Maria Magdalena Campos Pons and Neil Leonard in a live performance at the National Portrait Gallery on this date. More info on the performance here.

#BlackGirlLit -- Between Performance and Memory
Five Myles Gallery
Brooklyn, NY 
May 21, 2016
6:30pm - 11:00pm
I will be performing a new piece, titled "Slow Dirt," that investigates the intersections between literature and activism. More info on #BlackGirlLit here.

SMFA Graduate Student Commencement Speaker 2015

I was honored to be selected as the 2015 School of the Museum of Fine Arts Graduate Student Commencement Speaker. Here is a video recording of my commencement speech below. The speech transcript has also been published on the SMFA website:

Selected as one of the "Top MFA Students to Watch" by Boston Globe

I am happy to be featured in the Boston Globe today in an article on top MFA candidates in Boston, written by art critic Cate McQuaid. It was a good overview to my work and my upcoming thesis exhibition/performance on May 14 at the Boston Center for the Art's Cyclorama. 

Upcoming Spring 2015 Exhibition Schedule

Friday, April 10, 2015
The Great Americas Performance Art Festival
Grace Exhibition Space
840 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY
Artists: Helina Metaferia, Marita Isobel Solberg, Matthew Gioia, Maria F. Hubeaut, Coralee Lynn Rose
The Great American Performance Art Festival is a series of performance art events curated around the question of American identity and its implications, most specifically the notion of borders and barriers. 

Exhibition: April 22 - June 20, 2015
Reception: Saturday, May 16, 5pm - 7:30pm
Performance: Saturday, May 16, 7pm
Mapping the Dorchesterway Part Two
Medicine Wheel Productions
110 K St. - Second Floor, South Boston, MA
Artists: Ekua Holmes, Maddu Huacuja, Lana Jackson, Carolyn Lewenberg, Derek Lumpkins, Cagen Luse, Helina Metaferia, Hakim Raquib, Kristen Belton Willis
This exhibition features artists from Mattapan and Roxbury and is part of Medicine Wheel Productions' multi-year Brooch project "that is engaging the communities along the unfinished line of Olmsted's Emerald Necklace."

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Transient Vessels: Bodies through Boston and
Washington D.C. 
Performance Art @ Massachusetts College of Art and Design - Pozen Center
621 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA
Curator: Elaine Thap
Artists: Eames Armstrong, Hayley Cutler, Jane Claire Remick, Helina Metaferia, Bryana Siobhan, and Nabeela Vega
Boston/DC transplant artists work through the nature of living in transient communities through performative works.  

Thursday, April 30, 2015
5:30pm - 7pm
END RECORDINGS: Graduate Student Thesis Screenings
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Alfond Auditorium 
465 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA
Artists: Aparna Agrawal, Alexandra Borovski, Dana Caroll, Allison Cekala, Kaitlyn Clark, Holden Holcombe, Yin Liu, Yushan Liu, Helina Metaferia, Nick Procopi. 
END RECORDINGS will feature works in time-based media by eight graduating Master’s candidates. Their works highlight the complexities of transnational identity, expose a transgender man’s struggle to transition, instruct us in the art of communication, sensitively deal with loss, and explore landscapes which are lush, artificial, surreal, and dystopian. The show will present a vast array of perspectives from Boston’s emerging moving image artists.

Exhibition: May 11-14, 2015
Opening Reception: May 14, 7:30pm - 10pm
Masters of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, SMFA, Boston
The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont St. Boston, MA
Artists: The Graduating MFA Class of 2015
Featuring film/video, painting, performance, sculpture, photography, drawing and more, this dynamic, group exhibition will feature graduating students of the 2015 MFA class. 

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