Kim Anno is a painter, photographer, book artist, and filmmaker/video artist whose work has been exhibited by museums nationally and internationally. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Honolulu Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, Crocker Museum, Oakland Museum, Getty Research Institute, Columbia University, University of Texas, Austin, Walker Museum, Koopman Collection, The Hague, and Newberry Library all include her work.
Anno’s works include films and staged readings. Her documentary, A New World (2016), focuses on the education and triumph of young African American women at North Carolina’s Bennett College. In 2016, she directed Crisis, a live staged reading in collaboration with Brazilian composer Saulo Laudares, of her adaptation of Dante’s Purgatorio (Canto 32), as well as a live contemporary dance performance, Drought 1200, presented in San Francisco. Currently Anno is making two films in South Florida and Cuba. The first is 90 Miles from Paradise, a project staged in Havana, Key West, and Miami. The second film, ¡Quba!, is a documentary on the LGBTQI community in Cuba, and she recently licensed four original Cuban bands’ songs for the film. For the Oakland Asian Cultural Center’s 2017-18 season, Anno is producing a film/live music performance concert. Anno’s films have been screened internationally at festivals and venues including the Museum of Modern Art, Rio De Janeiro; the 14th Annual New Media Festival, Seoul, Korea; Goethe Institute, Johannesburg; Durban Municipal Gallery in the Don’t Panic Exhibition; San Francisco Asian Art Museum; Site Santa Fe Biennale; One Night Stand, New Mexico; the King’s Art Center; Kim Anno Retrospective; the Varnosi Museum, Hungary; DC Dusseldorf International Expo, Germany; Pulse, Miami; the Berkeley Art Museum; the Denison University Museum; and Noel Art Museum.
Her work is also featured in a number of exhibitions and magazines. She has a solo exhibition and screening in Atlanta, at Marcia Wood Gallery, and in 2018 she will have a solo exhibition at the University of Suffolk in England. Her work is featured in the June 2017 issue of Area Paris, an arts magazine. More of her work will be published in Saint Anne’s Review (Spring 2017).
Anno is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships: the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award, the Eureka Foundation’s Fleishhaker Fellowship (2003), the Zellerbach Foundation (2010-12), the Open Circle Foundation (2013), and a Sustainable Arts residency at Kala Art Institute. In fall 2014 Anno was a recipient of a Berkeley Film Foundation Award and published her second artist’s book with the poet Anne Carson, titled The Albertine Work Out. In 2015, she received the Kala Art Institute’s master artist award. She has published photography covers, photo essays, and Purgatorio text in Art Papers National Magazine (Fall 2016). She contributed to an essay on the artist David Hammons for Flash Art Magazine and to Queering Contemporary Asian Art (2017), edited by Laura Kina, and Jan Christian Bernabe. Anno also published a photograph in Harper’s Magazine in 2013.
Anno has been at work on an epic social practice filmmaking project: Men and Women in Water Cities, a longer term work made with local actors, citizens in coastal communities who are grappling with sea level rise. Recently, she founded the non-profit Wild Projects. Its mission is to “collaborate with communities world wide through fearless art, film, and performance productions that inspire resiliency in the face of adversity.”
You can also find her work at Marciawoodgallery.com.