Iman Person’s practice explores the ways in which communication, flora, and biological systems can serve as methods to mediate the self and be used to push society toward an expanded understanding of consciousness. Existing as a first-generation woman of Caribbean and African-American descent, Person travels in what feels like numerous blended realities. Her work becomes a channel for how these varied parts of herself and her ancestral knowledge become a transformative force for black and brown voices staking a claim to a more inclusive future.
Person’s current body of research explores the depths of Black and Indigenous technologies as they exist through ritual, symbiotic relationships with the land, and diasporic memory. Within this research, she engages with Africana cosmologies to create speculative imaginings for constructing new concepts of black futurity and sovereignty.
Person is an MFA candidate in the Design and Media Arts program at UCLA. In 2020, she was the recipient of the 2020 STRP ACT Award for her project New Air. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and Europe, including The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Ars Electronica, the Ionion Center for Art in Kefalonia, Greece, and SoMA Art House in Berlin, Germany.