As a cultural and media-based organizer, facilitator, publisher, and artist, I co-develop pragmatic-poetic [1] initiatives and resources that aim to build collective autonomy. [2] My work takes various reflexive forms, including workshops, publications, installations, organizations, and text.

through group and conversation-based processes, I work to facilitate spaces of collectivity, belonging, possibility, action, and power-sharing. the most meaningful sites of my work take place in seemingly mundane, daily encounters and events of life where dynamics, relationships, and community between myself and others may take form. i am guided by the understanding that our ability to build autonomous and liberated worlds rests on our capacity to feel the inherent worth within ourselves and others as living beings of the past, present, and future. In other words, a deep commitment to community–which can be broadly and personally defined–is necessary for one’s self-actualization, and one’s deep connection to self is necessary for our collective-actualization. thus, surfacing and deepening a sense of value within one’s own self and the collective is both a foundation and an aspiration of my practice.

in 2020, i began the ongoing process of initiating the center for liberatory practice & poetry, a virtual and nomadic education center that nourishes a network of shared learnings, dreams, strategies, and rituals as the building blocks for autonomous and liberated communities. my hope is that the center will gather a community of learners around liberatory practices: ways of being, sensing, and making that enact liberation in everyday life. you may follow the Center’s work as it emerges here and here.

[1] i use the word pragmatic-poetic to refer to processes where the material and embodied impacts of the work are interdependent and interconnected.

[2] the goals of my work have been impacted by anarchist teachings on autonomy that define autonomy as the recognition of one’s own agency and a deep commitment to the collective. autonomy is not something we can have as individuals, rather it is only something we can create through deeply meaningful, self-organized, and self-defined collectivity. rocco a. astore elaborates on this in the article, the importance of autonomy in anarchy and statelessness, published in the anarchist library.

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kimi hanauer (b. 1993, tel-aviv, they) is a cultural- and media-based organizer, facilitator, and artist currently based on tovaangar, the unceded territory of the gabrielino-tongva people, also known as los angeles.

as a founding collective member of press press, kimi has edited and co-organized projects including, poetry for persistencetoolkit for cooperative, collective, and collaborative cultural work, sentiments: expressions of cultural passage, sanctuary is on the horizon, among others. from 2014-2017, kimi worked as an educator with the baltimore city community college refugee youth project co-facilitating a multilingual after school art and writing space. from 2012-2017, kimi was a resident and co-organizer of penthouse, a warehouse venue for experimental art and music in the historic copycat building in baltimore, maryland. currently, kimi is an assistant professor at virginia commonwealth university school of the arts.  

kimi has organized projects in collaboration with venues and organizations, including printed matter, the luminary & counterpublic, wendy's subway, acre projects, tufts university, common field, allied media conference, gas gallery, southern exposure, oof books @ the museum of contemporary art (los angeles), moma ps1, stamp gallery, institute for expanded reserach, and virtual care lab. kimi’s writing has been published by genderfail as part of the series, radical softness as a boundless form of resistance, bmoreart, and temporary art review. their 2019 artist book, calling all denizens, was published by the women’s studio workshop.

kimi received a bfa in interdisciplinary sculpture with a minor in cultural and political theory from the maryland Institute college of art and an mfa in interdisciplinary studio with concentrated work in gender studies from the university of california, los angeles. originally born in tel-aviv, kimi is a queer diasporan of sephardic and ashkenazi descent.