Intisar Abioto
b. 1986, Memphis, TN
Based in Portland OR


2008 Bachelor of Arts, Dance, Wesleyan University
2004-05 Bachelor of Arts Candidate, Dance & English, Spelman College

Selected Solo Exhibitions

BabeSis, Aunts Ten, Ms. W, Miss Choomby .. & In Our Company. Forest for the Trees, Portland OR

Black Legend, Black, Oregon, Office of The Governor, Oregon State Capitol, Salem OR

Black Portlanders, Black Portlands, Littman Gallery, Portland State University, Portland OR
The Black, University of Oregon White Box Gallery, Portland OR

The Black Portlanders, Reed College, Portland OR.

Contents, Duplex Gallery, Portland OR
The Black Portlanders, Powell’s City of Books, Backlight Corner Gallery, Portland OR

The People Could Fly, Multnomah County Public Library, Portland OR

The People Could Fly, Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown CT

Selected Group Exhibitions

Spirit Women: Adriene Cruz & Intisar Abioto, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR
Passages in the Black Diaspora, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle WA

In Between: Hank Willis Thomas & Intisar Abioto, RACC Public Art Installation, Portland OR
An Altar to Alter, Portland In Color, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR
In Conversation: Visual Meditations on Black Masculinity, African American Museum in Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA
Brown Sugar: Where We At, Tips on Failing, Portland OR 

Resistance, Multnomah County Public Library, Portland OR
Elements of Reclamation, Ori Gallery, Portland OR

Selected Performance 

Sugar Lee / Brown Sugar: Where We At, Tips on Failing, Portland OR
Black Legend, Black, Oregon: Black Artists at the Capitol, Office of The Governor, Oregon State Capitol, Salem OR

Moving Through Darkness,This Is A Black Spatial Imaginary, Paragon Gallery, Portland OR

In Response to Fujikasa Satoko’s Flow #1, Portland Art Museum
A Reading, Poetry Press Week. Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland OR

2014 Story Design, A Danced Treatise on Story as Act of Place, Design Week Portland


2015 The Black, 2015-Present

2013 The Black Portlanders, Photo-based Exploratory Work, 2013-Present,

2007 The People Could Fly, Collaborative Transmedia Work, 2007-2009


Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, Photoville, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles CA

“Lisa Myers Bulmash & Intisar Abioto,” Northwest African American Museum, Seattle WA
“Civil Rights, Then and Now: 1960s/1970s Civil Rights Leaders and 2010s Social Justice Activists,” panelist, Oregon Historical Society

“Black (Working Title),” contributing artist, Portland Art Museum
“Women’s Power Brunch,” speaker, American Society of Media Photographers Oregon, Portland 

“My Creative Lens,” TEDx Portland
“The Black Portlanders,” Wieden + Kennedy

“Disruptive Innovation: Doing It On Your Terms,” panelist, League of Women Designers, 
Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland OR

“Heritage,” Creative Mornings Portland, May 2014, Portland OR


2019 Black Mark, Black Legend: Uncovering the Lineage of Black Artists in Portland, Oregon Humanities Magazine, Spring 2019

2017 MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, Contributing Photographer

2016 Black Portlands, Travel Portland

2015 State of Black Oregon 2015, Lead Photographer, Urban League of Portland 


RACC Project Grant, Architectural Heritage Center, Black Domain, Portland OR
Golden Spot Residency, Caldera Arts & Hallie Ford Foundation, Sisters OR
Multnomah Cultural Coalition Grant, Architectural Heritage Center, Black Domain

Multnomah County Courthouse Percent for Art Commission, Regional Arts & Culture Council
Portland OR 

2018: Emerging Journalists, Community Stories Fellowship, Oregon Humanities, Portland OR

2013: Professional Development Grant, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland OR

Select Press

Willamette Week: Photography Exhibit “Black Portlanders, Black Portlands” Attempts To Condense Five Years of Lives and Legacies Into A Single Room

New York Times: The World According to Black Women Photographers

Portland Mercury: Infinite Black Portlands

Portland Mercury: In The Black, Intisar Abioto Documents Community, Connection, Place

The Fader: 5 Artists Explain Why It’s Time To Connect With Portland’s Black History

CNN’s United Shades of America with Kamau Bell: Season 1: Portland 

1859 Magazine: The Woman Behind The Black Portlanders Project

Willamette Week: Intisar Abioto, Photographer and Founder of the Black Portlanders, Talks Portland 

The Oregonian: Black Portlanders Blogger seeking $15,000 to expand work documenting African Americans

BET: The Black Portlanders Project: Illuminating a Vibrant Community

OPB: Photographer Intisar Abioto Approaches 'The Black Portlanders' By The Numbers

Al Jazeera America: Being Black In Portland

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