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 of Nfinit Foundation Arts, with whom she developed Naked Layers, a multimedia film project exploring black womanhood, body image and identity, which was exhibited at the Garner Arts Festival in 2017. Recent iterative 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.
BANG TEMPLE no. 2 | scratch(es) at Brooklyn Art Store, NYC 2017
An exploration of death and release through chanting, movement & ritual
I Am The Lovers: A Healing Ritual of the Tarot
Image Factory Art Foundation, Belize 2017
A performance exploring themes of The Lovers tarot card
I Am The Lovers at Introversion.Extroversion.Performance
Wildfire art space, Belize 2017
Image Factory Art Foundation, Belize 2016
A meditation on self-love inspired by Nina Simone, Yemaya, Oshún and ancestral practice
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.
Kyana Brindle and Novel Idea were interviewed about the Naked Layers project here.