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Aaliyah Christina

Improvisational Movement Maker & Writer


Born in Ruston, Louisiana and raised across Louisiana, Maryland, and Texas, Aaliyah Christina creates and supports performance work as an administrator, curator, movement artist, and writer. She improvises dances and writes poetic-prose about relationship/power dynamics, mental health, and Blackness as a resident on the South side of Chicago. Since 2015, she has collaborated with Chicago artists like Keyierra Collins, Ysayë Alma, Darling Shear, Wisdom Baty, Ayako Kato, and Dorian Sylvain to name a few. In 2021, Aaliyah received the 3Arts Make-A-Wave grant and as of 2023 she received the Illinois Arts Council Agency 2023 Artist Fellowship Finalist Award. She volunteers for community orgs and campaigns including Assata’s Daughters and Defund CPD to move towards Black liberation. Under her direction, PRAISE MOTHER is in-development as a community initiative and dance theater project highlighting stories of relationships between Black matriarchs and their kin through their mental health journeys.

Featured Artworks

  •  Aaliyah sits on a boulder surrounded by praise mother witnesses Photo captured by Ricardo Adame
  •  Aaliyah Christina artwork Image courtesy of Links Hall, from Aaliyah's _When Iva Met Eunice_
  •  PRAISE MOTHER SQUAD huddled before a performance Image captured by Ricardo Adame
  •  Aaliyah sits in a wooden chair during her installation Still taken from her work entitled praise mother: a (N) spiritual
  •  Aaliyah sits on the floor with her legs crossed over her chest, legs crossed, and face shooting upward Still captured from her work entitled Almost was.

Aaliyah Christina has crowd-funded a project with 3AP

  • praise mother

    • $6,075 raised of $6,000 goal
    • 5 Days 10:00:41 LEFT
      • 3Arts matched
      • 101% funded

    STRETCH GOAL! Sending much love, gratitude, and joy to each and every one of you who has contributed to PRAISE MOTHER's dreams so far. We're gonna push the campaign a bit further with a new goal of $10,000 since we …