Shanai Matteson is an artist, writer, arts activist and cultural organizer who lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
She creates collaborative public art projects, documentaries, stories, and social spaces to recognize and deepen relationships between people and the places they inhabit.
Through slow and emergent arts activism, Shanai strives to create caring and reciprocal art and community spaces — shifting narratives, challenging hierarchical power structures, and helping her collaborators and community reimagine and transform the systems these shape.
In her work as a public artist and writer, Shanai documents the people and places that move her, creating visual and literary artwork that honors the complex and interdependent nature of identity, experience, material, and memory.
Shanai is one of the founders and co-directors of Water Bar & Public Studio and has been involved in the development of dozens of other collaborative art and community projects. You can read her full biography here, or read her CV to learn more about her work.
She posts notes and other written work here whenever she can. You can reach her through the form below.