My practice as a multi-disciplinary artist encompasses activism histories, community building, media subversion, and the creation of accessible imaginative experiences. Most recently, I am considering overlaps between patterns of collective activism and cycles of the sun; the relationship between destruction and beauty; and the needs for both protest and investments in personal wellness. These explorations are a study in self determination, tension, and balance. Through this work I continue to engage viewers and participants of my work in the politics of our shared society while paying increasing attention to our individual approaches to managing its weight.
Informed by historical research, my prints, collages, installations, and videos consistently welcome viewers to involve themselves with the work. My studio practice overlaps with my public, project-based, and collaborative work, in which I push to create environments and experiences that offer respite from painful realities—opportunities for collective momentum, learning, respite, and wonderment.
Shani Peters (b. 1981 Lansing, MI) is a multi-disciplinary artist based in New York City. She holds a B.A. from Michigan State University and an M.F.A. from the City College of New York. Peters has presented work in the U.S. and abroad at the New Museum, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem; Seoul Art Space Geumcheon in South Korea; and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare. Selected residencies include those hosted by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, The Laundromat Project (NY), and Project Row Houses (TX). Her work has been supported by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Rauschenberg Foundation, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Peters is a university and museum educator, focusing her teaching at the intersection of art, design and social change. As on half of The Black School she co-directs the artist initiated experimental art school that has lead 60+ workshops since 2016.