Artist Innovator Storyteller Unifier
Kibibi Ajanku is a fiber artist who makes and presents ethnically charged art. Her passion embodies the thrust of the African Diaspora. Ajanku’s creativity is the ongoing and ever-evolving effort of a life journey that is eclectic and innovative. It is ancient while at the same time new-world, and always changing. Kibibi Ajanku’s artistry is layered with, and entrenched in, indigenous folkways through work that embodies research, identity, and the gathering of elements of African retention. She hopes to evoke intuitive memories that reach back into ancestral histories and stories that impact the here and the now.
Ajanku's work explores creative inheritance and indigo dye traditions that define the intersection of fiber arts between America and West Africa.
Recent Artist Awards:
Rubys Artist Award
Sue Hess Arts Advocacy Award
Kibibi Ajanku is Curator-in-Residence at the
3rd Floor Gallery (Bearman Gallery)
Fells Point, Baltimore, Maryland.
Kibibi Ajanku has continued her journey as an artist through her work as a curator, by creating new and innovative ways to present the past, present, and future of the Black diaspora. She uses this same lens to curate arts-based equity, diversity, and inclusion programming through her work as an educator within universities and arts organizations throughout Baltimore. Kibibi Ajanku’s work has and continues to uplift and empower Black artists and increase intercultural understanding within the city of Baltimore and around the world.
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Innovator of the Ancient: Through the melding of ancient practices and Afro-futurism, Kibibi creates new ways for people to connect with the African Diaspora and themselves
Unifier of Truths: Kibibi approaches all of her work from a lens of Liberation and Justice. Her work strives to connect the deep divides of this nation using universal truths and rigorous dialogue in order to create a common language with which all can converge their realities
Kibibi's work is rooted in oral traditions of the African Diaspora. Her travels fuel the information with which she executes her artistry, pedagogy and curatorial practice
REACHING BACK TO MOVE FORWARD...
Sankofa Dance Theater creates and presents world-class, authentic African art in the form of dance, music, and folkways for national and international audiences. The work of the Company is rooted in healing and bringing intercultural understanding to the global village while staying true to the definition of the word “Sankofa” which means to learn from the past in an effort to build for the future. Sankofa Dance Theater reaches back into the rich legacy of African culture and history to move forward into greater awareness and sensitivity to the world community.