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Neema Githere
Neema Githere is a Black Kenyan-born fem person with blond locs, and wears a straw hat along a bright orange linen shirt. Standing in front of a background greenscreen image of innate circuitry on a motherboard, a sea of greens with yellow-orange pathways.

Portrait of Eyebeam Democracy Machine Fellow 2024, Neema Githere. Courtesy of the artist.

Date and place of birth
b. 1997, Nairobi, Kenya
Current location
Brooklyn, NY
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
2024, Democracy Machine Fellow

Neema Githere is a writer, artist, and guerrilla theorist whose work explores love and indigeneity in a time of algorithmic debris. Having dreamt themselves into the world via the internet from an early age, Githere’s work prototypes relationality-as-art through experiments that span social design, community organizing, performance lecturing, travel, and image-making. 

Githere has been building a research-based embodiment practice since 2016 as an undergrad at Yale University, beginning with a project called #digitaldiaspora, which traveled to over 20 countries exploring how Black cultural workers were articulating renaissance identities on- and offline. Githere’s concept of Afropresentism––a term they coined in 2017 to explore diasporic embodiment in the age of Big Data––has influenced conferences and exhibitions across four continents. 

Githere has performed, lectured, and consulted at a range of cultural and educational institutions, including Studio Olafur Eliasson, Princeton University, CARA NYC, Savvy Contemporary, Microsoft, and Twitter. A co-author of the Lonely Planet guidebooks for Kenya, South Africa, Lesotho & eSwatini; Githere’s current voyages are focused on documenting creation myths and ancient ruins across East and Southern Africa. Githere is a 2023-24 Practitioner Fellow at the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford University, where they are working on a workbook that envisions the structure of a digital rehabilitation clinic informed by indigenous frameworks of repair.

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