Kia LaBeija (b.1990) is a fine artist born and raised in the heart of New York City, Hell’s Kitchen. Her work explores themes at the intersections of identity, space, memory, beauty and womanhood. Her current work is composed of cinematic and vibrant autobiographical self-portraits and live performance exploring the catharsis and vast history of Voguing. 24, her critically acclaimed series, is a sociopolitical commentary on the effects of growing up with HIV. She’s presented work at The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Museum of The City of New York, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and The International Center for Photography. She’s been commissioned by W Magazine, Apple, DAZED, and Triple Canopy. LaBeija is a world-renowned Voguer, dancer, performance artist, and Mother of the Iconic House of LaBeija. She played the title role of Dove in Band Pillar Point’s viral music video, and appeared as a Principal Dancer in Ryan Murphy’s Golden Globe nominated Ballroom Drama POSE. She was featured on the cover of Artforum’s January 2018 issue as one of very few women of color. She is a 2019 Creative Capital Awardee alongside her partner Taina Larot for their upcoming project Wom(y)n With a Y. LaBeija is a graduate of the New School University, where she holds a Degree in The Arts.