Kandis Williams is a visual artist whose practice spans collage, sculpture, film, performance, writing, publishing, and curating. She explores and deconstructs critical theory around race, nationalism, authority, and eroticism. Her work examines the body as a site of experience while drawing upon her background in dramaturgy to envision spaces that accommodate the varied biopolitical economies, which inform how form and movement might be read. Williams establishes indices that network parts of the anatomy, regions of Black diaspora, as well as communication and obfuscation, relaying how popular culture and myth are interconnected. The artist is also the founder and editor-at-large of Cassandra Press, an artist-run publishing and educational platform producing lo-fi printed matter, classrooms, projects, artist books, and exhibitions. The platform’s intention is to disseminate ideas, distribute new language, propagate dialogue-centering ethics, aesthetics, femme driven activism, and black scholarship.
Kandis Williams (b. 1985, Baltimore, MD) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA from The Cooper Union, New York, NY in 2009. Williams has presented solo exhibitions at 52 Walker, New York, NY; the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; and Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada, among others. In 2021, Williams was the recipient of the prestigious Mohn Award, honoring artistic excellence. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at institutions such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany; Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin, Germany; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; The Huntington Library, Los Angeles, CA; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; and The Underground Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Williams’s work is included in numerous public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; and Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, among others.