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Jamilah Sabur

Image courtesy of the artist

Image courtesy of the artist

An image of Jamilah Sabur’s
Stream Gradient at Nina Johnson


Jamilah Sabur (b. Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Miami, FL. She received her MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego in 2014 and her BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009.

Selected recent exhibitions include Hammer Projects: Jamilah Sabur, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Ibine Ela Acu/Water Sun Moon, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, FL; Augmented Sunrise Beneath the Skin, gr_und project space, Berlin; Seances for the Living, SBC galerie d’art Contemporain, Montreal; Deconstruction: A reordering of life, politics, and art, Frost Art Museum, Miami; Between a view and a milestone, Oolite Arts/South Florida; SCORCHED EARTH, Current Projects, Miami; The World’s Game: Futbol and Contemporary Art, Pérez Art Museum, Miami. She was an artist in residence at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum in 2017 and has given lectures at Design Miami; Coral Gables Museum, Florida; Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto and Flagler College, St. Augustine.

Sabur is currently an artist in residence at Oolite Arts/South Florida.

Though she works across a variety of mediums, including installation and video, Sabur returns frequently to burlap and plaster, as the everyday materials allow for a haptic ritual during the object-making.

Her most recent exhibit at the Miami-based Nina Johnson Gallery was titled Jamilah Sabur: Stream Gradient.

The artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery considered how time, family history, and environment impress themselves upon individuals through a series of sculptural wall pieces.

Created using burlap and plaster, two materials she has worked with since 2010, the works summon fragmented memories of her mother’s home in Jamaica: native birds, and the architecturally ambiguous spaces in which they lived.

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