Artist in Residence: Kia LaBeija
The Greene Space Artist-in-Residence program hands the mic to ambitious artists, curators and collectives eager to connect with live audiences, creating something new together in real time.
Meet our winter 2023 Artist in Residence!
Kia Michelle Benbow, known professionally as Kia LaBeija, is an image maker and storyteller born and raised in the heart of New York City, Hell’s Kitchen. She composes theatrical autobiographical works ranging from photography, live performance, text based mediums, and film. She’s presented work at The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Tate Modern, The Brooklyn Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Museum of The City of New York, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The International Center for Photography The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, and the Performa ’19 Biennial.
Heavily involved in New York’s Iconic House and Ballroom scene for over a decade, Kia was a member of the Royal House of LaBeija from 2012 to 2019, serving as the Overall Mother from 2017 to 2019. She received a BA from the New School University and is currently pursuing an MFA in Fine Arts. She is a 2019 Creative Capital Awardee alongside her partner Taína Larot.
Photographs from Plague In The Shadows
On view from January 25 through March 11, 2024
Kia LaBeija presents Photographs from Plague In The Shadows, an installation of photographs of some of the people featured on WNYC and the History Channel’s podcast Blindspot: The Plague in the Shadows.
Free and open to the public, no tickets required, exhibition open during programs at The Greene Space or by appointment.
Leadership support for The Greene Space’s Artist-in-Residence program is provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation. Additional support is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.