Somerset House Studios resident

Jenn Nkiru

Artist and director.

Somerset House Studios
New Wing

Represented globally by Iconoclast, Nkiru was named as one of the 200 women redefining the creative industries in 2018 by The Dots and one of the 100 global Creative Superheroes shaping culture by Utopia in 2018.

An MFA film graduate of Howard University, her first film EN VOGUE shot by Bradford Young & Arthur Jafa screened internationally to critical success. Last year Iconoclast produced ‘REBIRTH IS NECESSARY’ with Jenn; a dreamlike art film centred on the magic and dynamism of Blackness past, present and future. The film went on to win the Canal + award at the Clermont Ferrand Film Festival, Best Documentary at the London Independent Film Festival and nominee of the 2018 best short film award at Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival and recently won the 2018 Voice of a Woman award at Cannes. It has been screened internationally, from The Museum of Modern Art (MOCA, LA) to the ICA in London to Rotterdam Film Festival, and introduced the London premiere of Black Panther at the BFI.

Black Star: Rebirth Is Necessary

As a founding curator of Boiler Room’s new video platform 4:3, alongside Elijah Wood, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Peaches. Recent collaborators include shooting 2nd unit for Beyonce & Jay-Z’s latest internet breaking video sensation “APESHIT”, shot in Paris' iconic Louvre, directed by Ricky Saiz and jazz musician Kamasi Washington, where she created works to accompany the release of his album Heaven + Earth.

During her residency Jenn will focus on further developing her creativity in the realms of film and beyond.