Mellon Visiting Practitioner Fellow (2020-2021)
k. funmilayo aileru is an AfroIndigenous, AfroFuturist artist, educator, and organizer. ze employs a variety of mediums including digital media, sculpture, and installation to engage concepts such as [ancestral] memory, trauma, and Otherness in celestial time and space. Much of zir work explores historical, present, and future relationships between technology and Black and Indigenous experiences and embodiment in the West. In zir work, aileru experiments with reconstructing these paradigms through collective imagination and dreaming.
aileru received zir MFA in digital + media from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2017 and, in 2014, received zir B.A. in media culture studies and media arts from Hampshire College (Amherst, MA). ze has participated in exhibitions and residencies throughout the Northeast Region and has received several grants and awards in digital art + design.
k. funmilayo aileru is from the South Side of Providence, RI, and an enrolled member of the Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island. Currently, ze is an inaugural ‘Parkist-in Residence’ for the City of Providence and a Rhode Island grantee of Assets for Artist program at MassMoCa. aileru is the Education Manager at AS220 (Providence, RI), a Critic in Sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design, and co-founder of blackearth lab (Providence, RI).