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 initiated publications including, toolkit for cooperative, collective, and collaborative cultural work, sentiments: expressions of cultural passage, 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 baltimore, maryland.

kimi has organized projects in collaboration with venues and organizations, including printed matter, the luminary, wendy's subway, acre projects, tufts university, common field, allied media conference, gas gallery, southern exposure, 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, temporary art review, and 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 from the university of california, los angeles. currently, kimi is an artist-in-residence with the institute for expanded research and an assistant professor at virginia commonwealth university school of the arts. kimi is a queer diasporian of sephardic and ashkenazi descent.

As a cultural and media-based organizer, facilitator, and artist, I co-develop pragmatic-poetic [1] initiatives and resources that aim to build collective autonomy. [2] My works take various responsive forms, including workshops, publications, installations, and writing.

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.

this past year, i began the 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. a central assumption i bring with me to this project is: while liberatory practices and politics have risen out of and in resistance to structures of domination, they are not necessarily bound up with their existence. how can liberation, as a state of being emancipated, be defined on its own terms?

[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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