Xaviera Simmons’ sweeping body of work includes photography, performance, choreography, video, sound, sculpture, and installation. Simmons’ interdisciplinary practice is rooted in shifting definitions of landscape and character development; art, political and social histories; and the interconnectedness of formal processes. Simmons has works currently on view in exhibitions worldwide. She is a visiting lecturer and the inaugural 2019 Solomon Fellow at Harvard University and will be awarded The Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters from Bard College in Spring 2020. Simmons is represented by David Castillo, Miami.
Xaviera Simmons’ monument, ‘The structure the labor the foundation the escape the pause,’ is composed of sculptural forms – each holding landscapes of text culled from historical documents that are foundational to centuries of racial caste construction and disenfranchisement in the United States. The works are on one hand a monument to systemic promises denied while also working to acknowledge the sustainability of the creative impulse. ‘The structure the labor the foundation the escape the pause’ offers access to some of the language of long-standing governmental policies that continue to shape the material conditions we live within presently. With this project, Simmons constructs forms new to her studio practice while embedding each work within historical context.