Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance

Chinazo Rena Anakwe

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Rena Anakwe is a Canadian-Nigerian-American interdisciplinary artist, performer, and healer working primarily with sound, visuals, and scent.

She explores the intersections between traditional healing practices, spirituality, and performance. Her works focus on creating alternatives to the existing system of clinical mental health care by creating diasporic healing practices and interventions staged in places in which we gather for arts and entertainment and in the privacy of our own personal spaces.

Portrait by Kofmotivation


New Hampshire

Chinazo Rena Anakwe worked in the New Hampshire studio.

New Hampshire Studio, originally named Peterborough Studio, was given to MacDowell by Mr. and Mrs. William Schofield, Mrs. H. A. Chamberlain, Mrs. Andrew Draper, and Miss Ruth Cheney. The studio was renamed in 1943. The Gilbert Verney Foundation established an endowed maintenance fund in 1990, and a bequest in memory of MacDowell Fellow Victor Candell underwrote the…

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