Jackie Karuti’s (Kenyan, b. 1987) practice is largely experimental and employs the use of new media through drawings, video, installations and performance art. Her work is founded on ideas around knowledge production & accessibility as well as the depths of possibility enabled by radical imagination. Karuti is an alumnus of Àsìko, a roaming Pan African art school established by the late Bisi Silva, designed to redress the frequently outdated or non-existent artistic and curatorial curricula at tertiary institutions across Africa. Karuti’s work has been exhibited widely most recently in 2019 at The Lofoten International Art Festival in Svolvær, Norway as well as at the Dak’Art Biennial in Senegal in 2018. Other projects that respond to her practice include programming the Out Film Festival in Nairobi 2016-2018 and her online workspace, I’ve Been Working on Some Magic . She was a 2019 resident artist at the WIELS Contemporary Art Center in Brussels.
In 2017, Jackie Karuti received the 2Young Artist Award at the Cape Town Art Fair.She was the 2021 recipient of the Follow - Fluxus scholarship, awarded by Kunstverein Wiesbaden.
In 2020 she was awarded the Henrike Grohs Art Award which includes a publication on her work which was released in April of 2022 titled, Notes,Movement, Method.
More information about Karuti's practice can be found on her website: Third Room Studios