Jemila MacEwan is a female artist born in United Kingdom, currently working in United States.
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Jemila MacEwan is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in New York. MacEwan was born in Scotland to Sufi parents, and immigrated to Australia as a child, where their upbringing intertwined scientific, mythological and spiritual ways of learning from the land. They continue to draw connections between people and place; material and culture; spirituality and experience. MacEwan’s work seeks out an empathetic approach to humanities destructive impulses. Their earthwork, sculpture and performance practice exists in intimate communication with the landscape. MacEwan participates in the process of constant change and exchange between culture and the natural world. In their recent works MacEwan inhabits the role of various forms of destruction of the natural world such as a meteorite, volcanoes, fault-lines and melting glaciers as a way to understand what it is to be human in the age of the Holocene Extinction. In their work, these phenomena act as a counterpoint to the conscious and unconscious impact that humans have on each-other and the planet.

MacEwan received a Master of Contemporary Art at the University of Melbourne, Australia. They have exhibited extensively internationally. Significant exhibitions include; ARoS Museum (Denmark), The Australian Consulate-General (NYC), Pioneer Works (NYC), Victori +MO (NYC), The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NYC), BRIC Biennial III (NYC), Spring Break Art Fair (NYC), The Melbourne International Arts Festival (Australia), Gertrude Street Projection Festival (Australia), Arquetopia (Mexico), and Castlemaine State Festival (Australia). MacEwan received a two-year mentorship under internationally renowned artist Janine Antoni and was selected as a NYFA mentee of Jamaican performance artist Jodie Lynn-Kee-Chow. MacEwan was invited to curate Geary Contemporaries inaugural performance art program ‘The Body in Exile’ and is the founder of the performance process residency Land Falls. They have participated in many residencies notably; BANFF Center for Arts and Creativity (Canada), NARS Foundation (NYC), Ox-Bow School of Painting (MI), Arquetopia (Mexico), and Skaftfell Center for Visual Art (Iceland). They have been invited to host and participate in panel discussions on themes of intercultural practice, mental health, and environmental accountability in the arts and architecture. MacEwan has been the recipient of multiple awards including the Alchera Award, Acacia Award, Alliance Francaise Award, George Hicks Award. They have been generously supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, the Ian Potter Cultural Council and the Graduate Women of Victoria.