Tai Shani (b. 1976, London; lives and works in London) is an interdisciplinary artist and writer who employs performance, installation, photography, and film. She draws from pop culture references, psychedelic aesthetics, science fiction, and Gothic sensibilities, which are used to create mystical narratives that are rooted in feminism, anti-fascism, and capitalist critique. Largely self-taught, she shifts seamlessly between genres, media, and periods to uncover marginalized histories and craft research-based works as tools for imagining post-patriarchal futures.
Shani’s work has been the subject of special projects and performances at venues including the Barbican, London; ICA, London (both 2010); Loop, Barcelona (2011); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2015); Tate Modern, London; Serpentine Galleries, London (both 2016); Glasgow International; The Tetley, Leeds (both 2018); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Grazer Kunstverein, Graz; Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK (all 2019); and Manchester International Festival (2021), among others.
Shani is a joint winner of the 2019 Turner Prize alongside Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, and Oscar Murillo. She currently teaches at the Royal College of Art, London.
Biography provided in September 2023. See artist website for more information.