Kyana Brindle is an interdisciplinary performing artist from New York City. She has worked collaboratively and as a solo artist, premiering her one-woman show ‘Between Spaces’ at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. She has been a member of various artist collectives, and has performed for over twenty years as a poet, vocalist and actor in New York, Belize, Beijing and beyond. She has used creative engagement as tools for social change, facilitating workshops with youth and adults in educational and community spaces. Her work addresses themes of healing and identity, reframing of personal and cultural narratives, and spiritual and artistic practice. Kyana is Co-Founder and Director of Artist Engagement for Nfinit Foundation Arts, and Co-Director of the Nfinit Foundation Artist Residency which offers subsidized studios and exhibition space to artists of the Diaspora, POC and LGBTQ+ communities. Recent performances focus on the use of ritual elements to create spaces of shared healing experiences with audiences, and an interest in the exploration of emotional and creative processes which facilitate becoming agents of change in our lives and communities.
FiveMyles, NYC 2019
Up/Root is a ritual performance which explores finding “home” amid displacement and loss through the daily practices that create grounding and connection. It is an invitation into my intimate space of healing and reflection.
“With this work, I explore the questions which engage the complexity of my experience as a black woman in the world, and the interconnectivity of our pain and joy. Who are we when no one is looking? What private spaces do we create to bring us into contact with our grief and loss, the expansion and contraction of our day-to-day experiences? What does it mean to be at home in our bodies and the places we inhabit? How do we come home to ourselves?”
BANG TEMPLE no. 2 | scratch(es) at Brooklyn Art Store, NYC 2017
A ritual performance on death, release and regeneration.
I Am The Lovers
Image Factory Art Foundation, Belize 2017
A ritual and meditation through the Lovers card of the tarot.
I Am The Lovers at Introversion.Extroversion.Performance
Wildfire art space, Belize 2017
Image Factory Art Foundation, Belize 2016
A moving meditation and ritual inspired by Egun, Yemaya and Osun.
Developed with Novel Idea of Nfinit Foundation Arts, Naked Layers is a multimedia film project exploring vulnerability, body image, identity, and representations of black women.
Naked Layers was exhibited in Looking to the Self, Looking Into Others: An Intersectional Conversation hosted by Garner Arts Center and ArtShape Mammoth at the Garner Arts Festival in New York, 2017. It was also screened in Black Brown + Digital at Mist Harlem in 2015.
Kyana Brindle and Novel Idea were interviewed about the Naked Layers project here.