Kat Bawden

Kat Bawden (she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist and educator who explores relationships between memory, time, the self, and the body, particularly in the aftermath of traumatic experience. Kat works in photographs, video and light installations, weaving, handmade books, and community storytelling projects. Across disciplines, she creates immersive visual worlds that excavate, mark, and move with the imperfections of memory and the inevitability of time’s passing. In 2023, Kat earned an MFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was awarded the 2022/2023 James Weinstein Memorial Fellowship.

She is also an activist who worked as a community organizer and educator for nearly a decade before becoming an artist. She lives and works in Chicago, the city where she was born.

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