Shanai Matteson is an artist, writer, mother and cultural organizer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
She creates public art projects, documentaries, stories and social spaces to build and transform relationships.
Through slow and emergent arts activism, Shanai strives to change the conditions in which we create and collaborate, shifting narrative and culture, and the systems they shape. In her work as a public artist and writer, she documents the people and experiences that move her, creating artwork that honors the complex and reciprocal nature of identity, experience, place and memory.
Shanai is one of the founders and collaborative directors of Water Bar & Public Studio as well as numerous other creative and community projects. You can read her full biography here, or checkout her CV to learn more about her past work.