My practice as a multi-disciplinary artist encompasses community building, activism histories, the subversion of popular media, and the creation of accessible imaginative experiences. Collapsing African Diasporan histories with elements of contemporary culture, I seek to restore, repower, and reimagine the trajectories of communities feel emotionally, historically, and geographically close to. I employ commonly upheld folklores and popular marketing devices to meet these ends. I combine this with source photography, text, and devises for personal well-being, in order to explore the capacity for socially disadvantaged people to self determine tools of transcendence.
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 power, learning, peace and wonderment.
Shani Peters (b. 1981 Lansing, MI) is a multi-disciplinary artist based in New York City. Her practice encompasses community building, activism histories, the subversion of popular media, and the creation of accessible imaginative experiences. Peters holds a B.A. from Michigan State University and an M.F.A. from the City College of New York. Her exhibitions and presentations in the United States and abroad include the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City; the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Seoul Art Space Geumcheon in South Korea; and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare. Selected residencies include those hosted Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Laundromat Project, and Project Row Houses, as well as a residency in Seoul, South Korea sponsored by apexart. Peters’ work has been featured in the Art Papers magazine and the New York Times. Her work is recognized and supported by several awards and grants from institutions such as the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Rauschenberg Foundation, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Peters is a university and musuem educator, focusing her teaching at the intersection of art and politics.