Kandis WILLIAMS (b. 1985, Baltimore, USA) received her B.F.A. in 2008 from the Cooper Union School of Art, New York. Her recent exhibitions include solo shows at Night Gallery, SADE, Los Angeles; 219 Madison, Brooklyn; St. Charles Projects, Baltimore, USA ; Works on Paper, Vienna, Austria; as well as a performance and workshop at Human Resources, Los Angeles. She was recently included in “A Woman’s Work,” a PopRally event at MoMA organized by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah. Her work has also been exhibited at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; The Underground Museum, Los Angeles, USA; Neu West and 68 Projects, Berlin, Germany; and The Breeder, Athens, Greece, among other spaces. Williams has an active curatorial and writing practice, and runs Cassandra Press with artist Taylor Doran. Williams lives between Los Angeles and Berlin.


Born 1985, Baltimore, USA
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Los Angeles, USA


BFA, Cooper Union, New York, USA

Solo Exhibitions

Eurydice, EXPO Video, curated by Anna Gritz for EXPO Chicago, Chicago, USA
Eurydice, 219 Madison St., New York, USA

Kandis Williams, Works On Paper, Vienna, Austria

Soft Colony, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Disfiguring Traditions, SADE, Los Angeles, USA
Inner States, St. Charles Projects, Baltimore, USA

The Wailing Rose, Pomona College, Los Angeles, USA; Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA; School of Visual Arts, New York, USA

Red Square, OTTOZOO Project, Milan, Italy

The Vesica Dialectic, Ficken 3000, Berlin, Germany

Selected Group Exhibits

Group Therapy, curated by Amanda Donnan, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, USA
GWTW, Martos Gallery, New York, USA
Ebo ClubTM, Shoot the Lobster LA, Los Angeles, USA
Tabel of Content, Articulo 123 No 116, Centro, Mexico City, Mexico

To A Body, curated by Elisa R. Linn and Lennart Wolff, Shoot the Lobster, New York, USA
Suspensio, curated by Veronica Posth & Katalin Benigna Balázs, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, Germany; Labor Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
Sad men on bad afternoons, curated by Daniel Fuller, Madison Avenue Park, Memphis, USA
True Lies, curated with Simon Cole, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Lyric on a Battlefield, Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA
Gates of Hell, Arturo Bandini, Los Angeles, USA
Run off, exhaust, and other pressures, Big Medium, Austin, USA

Disfiguring Traditions, SADE, Los Angeles, USA
Season Finale, werk LA, Los Angeles, USA
Memoirs of a Watermelon Woman, curated by Erin Christovale, One National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries, Los Angeles, USA

A Constellation, curated by Amanda Hunt, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA
Vestal Virgins, curated by Sylvie Lake, Historic Lummis Home, Los Angeles, USA
Charisma (performance with Wojciech Kosmas and Sarah Harrison), Important Projects, New York, USA
Pane Per Poveri, Venice Biennale 2015, Atelier Douglas Gordon, Venice, Italy
Stains in the Cowshed, Neu West, Berlin, Germany
The Truth About Everything, Erratum Galerie, Berlin, Germany
KIK Four: Kino International Kunst #4, curated by Amir Fattal, Berlin, Germany

The Oracle, with Ruby Neri, Khalil Joseph, & Henry Taylor, The Underground Museum, Los Angeles, USA
Person, Place, Thing, 68 Projects, Berlin, Germany

XOXO, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
NOTEMPLE, The Breeder Systems, Athens, Greece
Indulgence, curated by Ben Spaulding, The Gym, Berlin, Germany Draft Urbanism: Biennial of the Americas, Denver, USA
The Unknown, San Diego Space For Art, San Diego, USA

One Day At A Time, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany Data Trash, I-20 Gallery, New York, USA

Iko Iko
, Torstrasse 95, Berlin, Germany
Why don’t you do right, Kunstraum Cafe Warschau, Berlin, Germany

New Catalogue / Kandis Williams, New Capital Projects, Chicago, USA
Tape Modern No. 13, Tape Modern, Berlin, Germany
Grid of Life and selected Flat Files, Golden Parachutes, Berlin, Germany

Lectures & Performances

A Woman’s Work: An Evening of Lectures and Performances organized by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, MoMA, New York, USA
Eurydice, performed by Josh Johnson, Patrick Belaga, and Christine Stromberg, Navel LA, Los Angeles, USA
Artist Talk, MFA Lecture Series, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, USA

Semiosis Cataracts, curated by Alex Baczynski Jenkins, performed by Lina Venegas, members of Gelatin, Stefan Dreher, and Florian Botka, Kevin Space, Vienna, Austria
Whereof One Cannot Speak, Therefore One Must Remain Silent, performed by Josh Johnson, curated by Suzy Halaijan, LACE, Los Angeles, USA
As Much Truth as One Can Bear, Human Resources, Los Angeles, USA
Fountains, performed by Ligia Lewis, curated by Allison Littrell, as part of Between Nothing and Infinity, Navel LA, Los Angeles, USA
White Squares, Black Boxes, artist lecture organized by Clara Lopes, CalArts, Valencia, USA

Wit(h)nessing in Motion Workshop, with Josh Johnson, Human Resources, Aug 9, Los Angeles, USA
AFFECT:NETWORK:TERRITORY (A performance of syllogisms in motion), Human Resources, Aug 10-11, Los Angeles, USA
The Architecture of Ranting, workshop taught with Ligia Lewis, Meisterschule, Gillmeier Rech Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Charisma (performance with Wojciech Kosmas & Sarah Harrison), Important Projects, New York Public Rehearsal (performance with Wojciech Kosmas), Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Poland, and Schinkel Pavilion, Berlin, Germany
Collective Visions of Migrating Traums: A Talk with Kandis Williams, Pomona College Women’s Union, Sept 27, Pomona, USA
Speaker, Symposium on Ettingerian Studies, Dublin, Ireland

Artist talk, 68projects, Dec 20, Berlin, Germany

Artist Publications

The Future, Girls Like Us, September 2017. The Furies, Cassandra Press, 2017.

CASSANDRA No. 2. Wailing Rose: Visions of Migrating Trauma, by Kandis Williams. Cassandra Press (Taylor Doran & Kandis Williams).
CASSANDRA No. 1. Who is Cassandra?, by Taylor Doran. Cassandra Press (Taylor Doran & Kandis Williams).
The Culture of the Fuccboi: A Reader, compiled by Kandis Williams for Printed Matter at ACE Hotel, Los Angeles, July 2016.

My Favorite Pyramid, Two Folio Edition, written by David Daegen with Drawings by Kandis Williams. Broken Dimanche Press.

MOUNTAIN #3 KANDIS WILLIAMS ISSUE, published by Hope / Mountain Editions, Autumn 2013. Leftovers of Endurance, Nina Kurtela. Essay contribution. Motto Distribution, Berlin.

Prophecy, Evan Swisher. Catalog foreword and interview contribution. Broken Dimanche Press.

Selected Bibliography

Kevin McGarry, “Hedi Slimane Photographs a New Class of Los Angeles Artists”, Garage, American Superstar, No. 14, Feb 2018
Cayal Unger, “Theory and Experience in the work of Kandis Williams: Cutting Edge Dissociation”, Artillery, Jan 2
Allison Littrell, “Kandis Williams”,Third Magazine, Jan

“Mad World”, Hunger, No. 13, Sept
WIlliam J. Simons, “30 Under 35: 30 Young Artist to Watch in 2018”, Cultured, Sept Christina Catherine Martinez, “Kandis Williams,” Elephant, Fall 2017
Emily McDermott, “10 Female Artists to Watch”, Elle Magazine (online), May 9 Andy Campbell, “Kandis Williams”, Artforum, Feb

Jonathan Velardi, “Soft Colony: A Studio Visit with Kandis Williams”, Curate L.A., Nov 22 Maxwell Williams, “Bearing Wit(h)ness: The Art of Kandis Williams”, KCET, Nov 18 Claire do Dobay Rifelj, “Kandis Williams at SADE LA”, Carla Snap Reviews, July 14 Beckett Mufson, “FUG Yeah, Bruce High Quality Foundation University Opened an Art Gallery”, VICE Creator’s Project, April 8

A Constellation, published by The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. (Exhibition catalogue)
The truth about everything, published by Erratum Galerie, Berlin. (Exhibition catalogue)
Beckett Mufson, “FUG Yeah, Bruce High Quality Foundation University Opened an Art Gallery”, VICE Creator’s Project, April 8
Alison Hugill, “Stains in the Cowshed: Menstruation Made Public”, Berlin Art Link, May 29

Catherine Wagley, “The Underground Museum’s New Exhibit Combines Contemporary Work with Centuries-Old African Art”, LA Weekly, August 21
“Weekend Primer, pt.II: The Oracle @the Underground Museum”, The Union Los Angeles, August 2

Chris Kontos, “‘NOTEMPLE’, a Group Exhibition at The Breeder Gallery, Athens”, Purple.fr, Nov 13
Kiriakos Spirou, “There is only one HOPE in Greece”, Yetzer, Oct 30 Lodown Magazine, #88, Oct / Nov
Renko Heuer, “Kandis Williams”, interview, Lodown Magazine, #88, Oct / Nov
Adela Lovric, “What Did I Miss / What Did I Not Miss”, 3pigs, Oct 27
“The Collage Artist Wades Through Printed Matter”, Flaunt Magazine, Oct 2
Parker Tilghman, “Dismembered Appendages: Kandis Williams”, ArtSlant, Aug 9
James Brittingham, “Front Row Society Interview”, Design Treasures
Helder Suffenplan, “Playing with Fire: Interview with Artist Kandis Williams”, Scentury, Sept

Elizabeth Feder, “Studio Visit: Kandis Williams”, Berlin Art Link, August Kandis Williams, “Grief, 2008, collage on paper”, Berlin Art Link, August



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