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Kia LaBeija

b.1990

Kia (b.1990) is a fine artist born and raised in the heart of New York City, Hell’s Kitchen. She makes photographs, performance, collage, and film. She composes cinematic and theatrical autobiographical works; staging, re-imagining, sometimes documenting in real time or all of the above. She’s presented work at The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Museum of The City of New York, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The International Center for Photography and the Performa ’19 Biennial. Highlighted commissions include W Magazine, Apple, DAZED, OUT Magazine, Vice, and Triple Canopy. Known as Kia LaBeija, she was the reigning Overall Mother of the Iconic House of LaBeija as it entered into its 50th year. She played the title role of Dove in Band Pillar Point’s viral music video, and appeared as a Principal Dancer in Ryan Murphy’s Golden Globe and Emmy nominated Ballroom Drama POSE. She is a 2019 Creative Capital Awardee alongside her partner Taína Larot. Kia is a graduate of the New School University.