nia love, Visiting Guest Artist Fellow

“Black feminist thought and critical engagement with love are the foundation of my daily practice. I cultivate a domestic space that anchors me, inspired by the work of Black feminist scholars…I am intent on Black intimacy, Black love, Black family and care, that are NOT mediated by capital and violence, working to always expand our notions of art, blackness, family, and freedom.”

nia love is a Black, indigenous, American woman, dancer, choreographer, diver, and mother, whose practice is anchored and immersed in maternal care, alchemy of blackness, embodied memory, and curiosity with the sea.

love received New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards for Outstanding Music Composition/Sound Design for g1(host):lostatsea (2020) with her collaborators Antone Roney and Nioka Workman. The 2019 presentation of g1(host):lostatsea - iteration #10 at Gibney Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center in New York was supported by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.

She performs with choreographer and director Liz Lerman, and collaborates with Rhonda Haynes, filmmaker and director for the award-winning documentary film Bringin' in Da Spirit. love continues to perform in project‐based work, including Skeleton Architecture, an acclaimed collective of Black women(+) improvisers with whom she received a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Performer in 2017.

She has participated in residencies and fellowships, including the Dance Program Residency at Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (2020-2021); the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Fellowship at the Maggie Allesee National Center For Choreography, Tallahassee, Florida (2019-2020); a Gibney DiP Dance in Process Residency at Gibney Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, New York (2019); a New York State Council on the Arts Residency at Movement Research, New York (2016); and the City University of New York Dance Initiative Residency (2016).

love is Co-Artistic Advisor of Brooklyn Arts Exchange Artist-In-Residence Program and Artistic Advisor of New York Live Arts’ Fresh Tracks Residency and Performance program.

Photo by Tony Turner.