b. 1993, Cleveland Ohio; lives and works in Brooklyn, U.S.
Shala Miller works across photography, film, writing, music, and performance as a means of meditating on the conjunction of desire, mourning, pain, and pleasure. Under the moniker Freddie June, they explore voice as material. In their own words, they say; ‘Shala (pronounced shay-luhh) Miller, also known as Freddie June when they sing, was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio by two southerners named Al and Ruby. At around the age of 10 or 11, Miller discovered quietude, the kind you’re sort of pushed into, and then was fooled into thinking that this is where they should stay put. Since then, Miller has been trying to find their way out, and find their way into an understanding of themself and their history, using photography, video, film, writing and singing as an aid in this process. They love to bake and consider dessert their religion’.
Recent exhibitions include Shala Miller & Malcolm Peacock with Amiri Baraka’s Cellar Vigil, Artists Space, New York (2023); Obsidian, Lyles & King, New York (2023); Tangible Possibilities, No Place Gallery, Columbus (2022); Black Melancholia, Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson (2022); I as Other, Lyles & King, New York (2022); ii-V-I, Chart Gallery, New York (2021); I Belong to This, Huxley-Parlour Gallery, London (2021); Dreamscapes: Imaginings of a Black Pastoral, Roots & Culture, Chicago (2021); In a Silent Way, Dakar Biennale, Dakar, Senegal (2018); Eclipsing, Arts Incubator, Chicago (2018); Relational Aesthetics of Some Sweet Strangers, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (2016); Blackness is More Than One Story, Siragusa Gallery - SAIC (2015); and Fresh Juju, Black Harvest Film Festival, Gene Siskel Film Center (2014).
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