jamilah malika abu-bakare (b. 1982, Benin City, Nigeria) received her  MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA in 2019.

abu-bakare's works contemplate refusal, repetition, dedication, and intimacy through sound art, video essay, text off-page and installation. by considering sound over sight, the artist moves both her subject and the audience towards freedom. visit her curatorial debut at


2023   The Politics of Sound, Galt Museum and Archives, Lethbridge, AB, Canada 

2022   The Politics of Sound, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, BC, Canada 

2021   Calling Planet Earth, Espace Pop!, Montreal, QC, Canada

2020   Ontology vs The Ontic, NOW Instant, LA, USA 

2020   a lineage of transgression, Artscape Peterborough, Peterborough, ONCanada 

2020   The Other Side of the Sun, Hashtag Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada

2020   interlude, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, ON, Canada

2019   MFA Show, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL, USA

2019   The Break, The Wake, The Hold, The Breath, Circuit Gallery, Toronto, ON 

2018   Take Root Among The Stars. LeRoy Neiman Center, Chicago, IL, USA 

2018   SSSSHHHH #2, Flaxman Library Special Collections, Chicago, IL, USA 

2018   Critical Mass, Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada

2018   Tone, FIELD Contemporary Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada


2020-21 Fellow, SpokenWeb, Montreal, QC, Canada

2019-20 Artist-in-residence, NIA, Toronto, ON, Canada

2019      Residency, Feminist Artist Collective, Gibraltar Point, Toronto, Canada


2023   Lecturer. Black sound (art), York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

2023   Panelist. Black Power Naps Conversation, MoMA, New York City, NY, USA

2022   Presenter. The Politics of Sound, Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, ON, Canada

2022   Lecturer. sound as freedom, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, BC, Canada

2022   Lecturer. sound as freedom, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

2021   Lecturer. sound as freedom, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2020   Presenter. “Fugitivity” et l’art”, African Group for Critical Action and Study, St. Louis, Senegal

2020   Panelist. Language under pressure: A Symposium, Peterborough, ON Canada 




2023   re-creation, LampBlack: Volume 3. Print.

2023   o.b.a, Maa Ka Maaya Ka Ca A Yere Kono – 13ème Édition des Rencontres de Bamako Biennale Africaine de la Photographie, Archive Books. Print.

2022   the let down, Active Cultures Digest: Issue Twelve. Web.

2022   How Black artists use citational art to build upon one another's legacies, CBC Arts. Web.

 2021 Listening Feels, Canadian Art Magazine, Spring 2021. Print. 

2019   rest/woke, Black Power Naps Magazine, Broadly/Vice. Web. 2018 listen to black women, TONE. Moniker Press. Print. 


2023   Interview. JAMILAH MALIKA ABU-BAKARE. Episode 4. A Kind of Harmony.

2022   Featured Artist. EARS HAVE EYES: spatial conjuring and ear specific art for the radio, Episode 1. The Hibernation Project.

2022   Interview. On “Aural Alterities”: An interview with jamilah malika abu-bakare. Episode 74. Constellations.

2022   Interview. Speech Sounds: Our Aesthetics, Celebrating Black Sounds. Episode 4. Hush Harbour.

2020   Interview. Talking about Talking. Season 2, Episode 8. SpokenWeb Podcast.

2019   Interview. Write How You Talk. Episode 10. Contemporaries Podcast.

2018   Interview. Jamilah Malika and Felicia Mings. Episode 9. Black Lives Rooted.

2018   Featured Artist. The Diamond Stingily Show. Radio Broadcast. 


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