Kiona obtained a BFA in Photography and a minor in Art History from Pratt Institute in 2013. She subsequently moved to Berlin, Germany, where she worked as an artist, photographer, videographer, and gave private lessons to other artists. While in Berlin, she engaged in a variety of collaborative and solo projects with COVEN Berlin, a queer feminist art collective with a variety of members worldwide. She continues to participate and contribute to a variety of projects and media with COVEN. Driven by the desire to make her visual work interactive, she is currently a student on the MFA course in Computational Studio Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Kiona’s wide variety of interests across computational and artistic media, combined with her academic interests related to art history, gender, and queer studies, exhibit a strong influence on her photographic work. Her own experience as a queer woman factors strongly, and she uses her artistic work to discuss community and societal dynamics related to gender and sexuality, among other topics. In particular, examining history, and the role of visual art in the production of historical narrative, allows her to critique the ways in which that imagined history is used to control the present and future. Through her work, she negotiates her place and the place of others in art, art history, and society.