Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe and based in NYC, Nora Chipaumire uses her work to challenge and embrace stereotypes of the African black body. She seeks to question how status and power are experienced and presented, working within modes of portraiture, self-portraiture, and biography. She was awarded a 2015 Doris Duke Artist award and is a three-time BESSIE award winner. Chipaumire's most recent performance work, "portrait of myself as my -f-a-t-h-e-r" (2015) has toured in Africa, Europe and the U.S. and her debut film, "Afro Promo #1 King Lady" (2016, commissioned by Montclair State University ) was featured in the 2017 New York African Film Festival. She last participated in Crossing the Line Festival in 2013 with rite riot.