Human for Scale (2019)

March 7 - April 11, 2019

Jibade-Khalil Huffman


Jibade-Khalil Huffman creates layered, lyrical installations that blend moving images, text, and sound. Centered around a multi channel video and wall text/adhesive decals, Human for Scale is a new installation concerned with the idea of information and they ways in which this might play out via language, gesture and the creation of various kinds of feeling. Using text in the form of a poem that doubles as wall text, the narrative unfolds across screens in a linear fashion while constantly undermining and contradicting the text and thus challenging the idea of what we experience as being "real."

Jibade-Khalil Huffman (b. Detroit, 1981, lives and works in Philadelphia, PA) is a poet, writer, and artist. Recent exhibitions include The Kitchen, NY, Ballroom Marfa, TX, and MOCA Cleveland. Past exhibitions include the Hammer Museum, MOCA Detroit, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, The Jewish Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, The Studio Museum in Harlem and Swiss Institute, New York. His performance-based works have been presented at Kadist, San Francisco, and Frieze, Los Angeles.

Huffman holds a BA from Bard College, an MFA from Brown University in Literary Arts, and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Southern California. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Grolier Poetry Prize, the Jerome Foundation Travel Grant, and fellowships from the Lighthouse Works, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Huffman was a 2015-16 Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem.