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Shantrelle P. Lewis | USA

Shantrelle P. Lewis
Curator
USA
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Graduated in biology and Afro-American history from the Howard University in Washington, USA (2000 – bachelor) and from the Temple University in Philadelphia, USA (2006 – master).

Shantrelle P. Lewis was on residence at OAZO-AIR (Open Ateliers Zuidoost) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2011).

In 2012, she gets a curatorial fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation.

Since 2009, Shantrelle P. Lewis has been director of Programs & Exhibitions at the Franklin H. Williams Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (the CCCADI) in New York, USA.

Before, she worked as executive director and curator of the George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art in New-Orleans, USA, where she got involved to revitalize the museum after the city was wrecked by Katrina (2007-2009). She left her previous position at the African American Museum of Philadelphia, USA, for this mission.

Within the CCCADI, she curated the following exhibitions : H(A)UNTED (2012) ; Dirty Sensibilities: A 21st Century Exploration of the New American Black South (2011) ; SOS: Magic, Revelry and Resistance in Post-Katrina New Orleans Art (2010) ; Re-imagining Haiti : Standing with Papa Legba (2010) ; Life After Death (A Tribute to Fela Kuti) (2010) ; Wearing Spirit: Aesthetically Personifying the Feminine in African Sacred Traditions (2010) and African Spirituality (2009).

Shantrelle P. Lewis also created and curated the shows :
Dandy Lion: Articulating a Re(de)fined Black Masculine Identity – exhibited at the Society HAE in Harlem, USA ; at the ateliers Open ZO in Amsterdam, The Netherlands ; at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporian Art (the MoCADA) of Brooklyn, USA ; at Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, USA and at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture in Baltimore, USA (2011-2012).
Sex Crimes Against Black Girls at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Skylight Gallery in Brooklyn, USA (2011).

Independently, she also curated the following exhibitons :
Re-imagining Haiti : Le Projet Nouveau at the MoCADA of Brooklyn, USA (2010) – co-curated with Shante’ Cozier ;
audacious! The lost fotography & films of funk diva betty davis: a tribute at the Three Peas Art Lounge in Chicago, USA (2010) ;
SHOOTOUT: Lonely Crusade …An Homage to Jamel Shabazz in the framework of the photography festival PhotoNOLA in New-Orleans, USA (2008) – co-curated with Russell K. Frederick ;
– And Shootout: Reverberating the Spirit and Legacy of Jack T. Franklin at the African American Museum of Philadelphia (2006).