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Xaviera Simmons was born in New York in 1974 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. She earned her B.F.A. in photography from Bard College in 2004 and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 2005. She was the 2008 winner of The David C. Driskell Prize.

Simmons’ solo exhibitions include Xaviera Simmons: Untitled, Context Gallery, Derry, U.K. (2009); Perspectives 157: Xaviera Simmons, Electric Relaxation, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2007); The Hustle Never Stops in Lagos, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (2007); Landscape: Expanded Engagement, Extended Space, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, New York (2006); and How to Break Your Own Heart, Art in General, New York (2006).

Group exhibitions include The Reach of Realism, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2009); Incheon Biennial, Korea (2009); 30 Americans, Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2008); Street Art, Street Life, Bronx Museum of the Arts (2008); Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2008); T.error: Your Fear Is an External Object, Múcsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest (2008); Black Alphabet Contexts of Contemporary African American Art, Zacheta National Art Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (2006); and Frequency, Studio Museum in Harlem (2005).

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