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Kija Lucas is awarded 2021 San Francisco Arts Commission: San Francisco Artist Grant

Kija Lucas in an exhibition of her works.

San Francisco Arts Commission funds will support a solo exhibition at SF Camerawork titled The Taxonomy of Belonging containing photographs of plant clippings, rocks, and other objects Kija Lucas uses to explore their bi-racial identity through the emigration patterns of their family and the racial taxonomy of Carl Linnaeus. This work questions how the scientific frameworks inherited from Linnaeus mis-represents othered communities; specifically addressing the invention of race in his taxonomy of man, a racist categorization of human beings that perpetuate stereotypes used widely today. This exhibition serves as the final chapter to a seven-year-long project, and funding from SFAC would allow Lucas to create the final series of images in this body of work, and a new series of large scale vinyls for an immersive installation.

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In Search of Home, Trumbull 2, 2013

About Kija Lucas

Kija Lucas is an artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She uses photography to explore ideas of home, heritage and inheritance. She is interested in how ideas are passed down and seemingly inconsequential moments create changes that last generations.

Her work has been exhibited at Oakland Museum of California, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francico Arts Commission Galleries, California Institute of Integral Studies, Palo Alto Arts Center, Intersection for the Arts, Mission Cultural Center, and Root Division, as well as Venice Arts in Los Angeles, CA, La Sala d’Ercole/Hercules Hall in Bologna Italy, and Casa Escorsa in Guadalajara, Mexico. Lucas has been an Artist in Residence at Montalvo Center for the Arts, Grin City Collective, and The Wassaic Artist Residency. She is a member of 3.9 Art Collective and the Curatorial Council at Southern Exposure. Lucas received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and her MFA from Mills College.

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