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 prioritizing listening over looking, both abu-bakare and the audience move towards freedom. visit her curatorial debut at



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


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


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


Ontology vs The Ontic, NOW Instant, LA, USA

a lineage of transgression, Artscape, Peterborough, ON, Canada

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

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


MFA Show, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL, USA 

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


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

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

Critical Mass, Art Gallery of Guelph, ON, Canada

The Diamond Stingily Show, broadcast, Stockholm, Sweden

TONE, FIELD Contemporary Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

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