Kai Barrow

Imagining a world without the prison industrial complex is central to my art, activism, and scholarship.

kai lumumba barrow is a queer Black feminist, abolitionist, activist, and artist based in New Orleans. Experimenting with abolition as a framework, barrow’s sprawling paintings, installations, and sculptures suggest movement/building. Her four muses: Absurdity, Sarcasm, Myth, and Merriment, perform theory as an aesthetic genre. In 2010, barrow launched Gallery of the Streets (gXs), a broad network of artists, activists, and scholars who work at the nexus of art, education, and community engagement.  To find out more about her work, see www.kailbarrow.com and www.galleryofthestreets.org.

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