Kasimu Harris, a New Orleans native, is a storyteller who uses writing, photography, and video to push the narrative. He has participated in 20 group exhibitions across America, two abroad and three solo photography exhibitions. His most recent show in 2016, was titled “L. Kasimu,” at the Warehouse Gallery in Red Hook, Brooklyn. This marked Harris’ New York exhibition debut. In 2015, he was in both “The Rising” and “Louisiana Contemporary” at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and garnered coverage in The New York Times, NPR and other publications. He also exhibited in “Dandy Lion (Re) Articulating Black Masculinity,” curated by Shantrelle P. Lewis. This was a traveling exhibition with the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago that has had stops in San Francisco, Miami and London. Now the Aperture Foundation has published Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style, by Lewis. His work is included in the publication, and he is also featured as a subject.
Harris’ work modulates between photojournalism, documenting culture and constructed realities, all in an effort to tell stories of underrepresented communities in New Orleans and beyond. He created “Parish Chic,” a style column for the Oxford American, and has been published in Yahoo Food, Southern Living, The FADER, and The Bitter Southerner. Most recently, a feature he wrote for “Edible New Orleans” was selected for the book Best Food Writing 2016.
Kasimu Harris graduated with a Bachelor in Business Administration degree in Entrepreneurship from Middle Tennessee State University and earned his M.A. in Journalism from the University of Mississippi. He furthered his studies at the Fellowship for Young Journalists at the Poynter Institute and the Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers. Most recently, Harris was named one of 8 “Louisianians of the Year” for 2017 by Louisiana Life magazine.