My practice as a multi-disciplinary artist encompasses community building, activism histories, the subversion of popular media, and the creation of accessible imaginative experiences. Most recently, I have been considering overlaps between cycles of activism and nature, the relationship between destruction and beauty, and the needs for both protest and space to rest. 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 capacities to carry 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 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, 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. She has presented work in the U.S. and abroad at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City; 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, and Project Row Houses. 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 and social change.