kai lumumba barrow

2020 YBCA 100 Honoree

kai lumumba barrow is a queer Black feminist, abolitionist, activist, and artist based in New Orleans. Experimenting with abolition as a framework, barrow’s sprawling paintings, collages, installations, and sculptures suggest movement/building. Her four muses—Absurdity, Sarcasm, Myth, and Merriment—perform theory as an aesthetic genre. In 2010, barrow launched Gallery of the Streets (gXs), a broad network of artists, activists, and scholars who work at the nexus of art, education, and community engagement. To find out more about her work, see and