Shani Crowe is an interdisciplinary artist and keeper of the proverbial flame of cultural coiffure, adornment, and beauty ritual, as they relate to the diasporan Africa. She uses her practice as a mode of healing; seeking to communicate with her audience on a visceral level to foster a meaningful connection. Shani received her BFA in film production from Howard University’s John H. Johnson School of Communications. She taught at the University of Chicago summer lab (2014-15), and worked as an assistant to artist, Hebru Brantley (2013-15). Shani's work has been featured at Columbia University, Soho House Chicago, and Africa International House. Her current work BRAIDS is on display at the Museum of Contemporary African and Diasporan Art (MoCADA) in Brooklyn, NY.
Inspired by James Barnor, Arts Bank fellow Shani Crowe is capturing black beauty through media. Shani will use images of blackness from recycled beauty products, saving them from literal discard, Pan African iconography and imagery from the Arts Bank collections to create her own flag. This flag will double as a backdrop in a two- part workshop series featuring photography and zine-making.