angel shanel edwards

2021 PEW FELLOW
Updated
15 Feb 2022

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angel sits in an empty audience of mismatched wooden chairs in front of a row of bright windows. They have brown skin, blond eyebrows, and wear a kerchief on their head. They wear a yellow turtleneck sweater, green over-layer, jewelry, and jeans.

 angel shanel edwards, 2021 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

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angel stands framed by a dark curtain, bright windows and furniture visible behind them. They have brown skin, blond eyebrows, and wear a kerchief over their hair. They wear a yellow turtleneck sweater, green over-layer, and cuffed-up jeans.

 angel shanel edwards, 2021 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

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angel stands at the entrance of cream-colored stage curtains. They have brown skin, blond eyebrows, and wear a kerchief on their head. They wear a yellow turtleneck sweater, green over-layer, jewelry, and light jeans.

 angel shanel edwards, 2021 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

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angel shanel edwards, 2021 Pew Fellow. Photo by Malachi Lily.

“My work is what happens when there’s infinite space for uncompromised play, rest, rage, joy, and tenderness.”

angel shanel edwards (they/their) creates movement work, film, and writing that celebrate the everyday, embodying the textures of Black queer and transgender existence. Their practices reveal intimacy, rest, and community in domestic settings, outdoors, and in performance spaces, paying close attention to the overlooked joys and obligations of daily life in marginalized communities. edwards’ work centers on subjects of material and emotional wellbeing, employing means like touch, eye contact, and slow movement to generate feelings of connection and abundance. In their piece titled against a backdrop of horror, the mundane is almost a luxury, edwards' collages clips from their personal digital archive—in their bedroom, on their porch, and outside in nature—for a visual poem of movement and daily rituals. They have received grants from the Leeway Foundation, Small But Mighty Arts, and Queer|Art. edwards earned a BFA from Temple University.