Zuri Washington (b. 1993) is an interdisciplinary artist in the process of searching for and repairing ancestral bonds broken by slavery. Zuri has been exhibited in museums/galleries across the Chicagoland area such as NIU Art Museum, Roman Susan, Roots and Culture, and is a part of both the Special Collections at the Art Institute and Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection. They have also shown internationally in conjunction with Tokyo University of the Arts in Tokyo, Japan. They received their MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently reside in Chicago.

As a Black american, Zuri relies heavily on existing between appropriation and memory. Their work explores ancestral ties and rites lost to time, violence, and erasure. Through temporary spiritual structures, sensory portraits, and (re)creating rituals of comfort, they recognize both the desire for knowledge, and the inevitability of its absence. This is punctuated by a caesura // to acknowledge the finite past, unknowable future, and acceptance of life in the space in-between.

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