Imani Ford portrait
Nationality American
Born b. 1995

Imani Ford

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Drawing inspiration from life, the black imagination, and interrogations of memory, Imani is an artist-intellectual from the south side of Chicago. Following their studies at Princeton and in conjunction with their current pursuit of a PhD at Columbia University, Imani’s art practice engages the critical nexus of theory and praxis. Their theoretical work circles around the erotic and violent entanglements of black performance, gender, and world-making. Their paintings and drawings explore the capacities of ink, watercolor, mixed-media, depth, and scale to formulate a grammar of black flesh. This allows them to flesh out encounters with the ever-becoming, nebulous form we consider “the black body.”

Lot number
Artwork: Untitled #2 (Cutout Series)
Imani Ford
Title and Year:
Untitled #2 (Cutout Series) | 2021
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  • 2020
    Broodthaers Society of America, Harlem, NY

    Black Alumni Conference
    Princeton University, Princeton University

    Senior Thesis Exhibition the Program In Visual Arts
    Princeton University  

    Junior Exhibition the Program In Visual Arts,
    Princeton University 

    Digital Photography Exhibition in the Program in Visual Arts,
    Princeton University 

  • Current
    Columbia University, New York
    PhD in English and Comparative Literature

    Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
    B.A. in African American Studies (High Honors) 

    Princeton in Beijing
    Princeton University and Beijing Normal University at Beijing, China

  • Fellow, Project 55 Fellowship, New York

    Fellow, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Princeton University

    Certificate Recipient, Visual Arts Certificate Program, Lewis Center for the Arts—Princeton

    Awardee, Martin A. Dale Scholarship,  Pasadena, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York City