Maikoiyo Anabi Alley-Barnes (b. 1977, Seattle) is a multimedia artist, curator, filmmaker, writer, and designer exploring the resonance of genetic cultural memory through the mundane and the mystical. Alley-Barnes’ practice offers meditative narratives that reflect his fascination with, admiration for, and immersion in the aesthetic, ritual and continuum that is the African Diaspora. Be it through his headdress and mask work, pelts, or unique brand of sculpture named refuse alchemy, central to Alley-Barnes’ practice is a desire to bring a more visceral, lush, and sensual sensibility to our day-to-day lives.
Alley-Barnes has exhibited in the United States and internationally, most recently at the 2018 Photography Show presented by AIPAD (New York), in 2017 at the exhibition Topophilia (Nees, Denmark); and in the 2016 Aichi Triennale (Toyohashi, Japan). His work has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), the Museum of Natural History (New York), and the Frye Art Museum (Seattle). Alley-Barnes is a founding member of the multidisciplinary creative collective Black Constellation, which includes Nicholas Galanin, and Nep Sidhu; musicians Erykah Badu, Erik Blood (Knife Knights), Ishmael Butler (Digable Planets, Shabazz Palaces, Knife Knights), JusMoni, OC Notes (Freekazoidz Music, Knife Knights), Porter Ray, and Stas THEE Boss; and writer and cultural critic, Larry Mizell, Jr.
Alley-Barnes’ curatorial practice includes numerous exhibitions executed at the Pun(c)tuation Gallery, which he co-founded and where he served as creative director between 2009 and 2012. In 2016, Alley-Barnes was the guest curator for the exhibition Young Blood: Noah Davis, Kahlil Joseph, The Underground Museum, featuring the work of brothers Noah Davis and Kahlil Joseph at the Frye Art Museum.
Alley-Barnes has been invited to speak in the United States, Canada, and Europe where he engages in multidisciplinary, critical discourse about art historical scholarship, his own practice, and contemporary art.
In 2014, Alley-Barnes was the recipient of the Neddy Artist Award in the open medium category. Alley-Barnes lives and works in Seattle.