D. Denenge Akpem is an Afro-Futurist space sculptor, performance artist, designer, writer, and educator. She is a professor at Columbia College Chicago where she teaches "Afro-Futurism: Pathways to Black Liberation" among other courses, and has held positions and exhibited at venues including: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; THE LAB for performance + installation, NY; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; and the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution, DC. Publications and interviews include: Chicago Art Magazine; COONBIDNESS; and the primer Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture by Ytasha Womack.
For the last fifteen years, her award-winning work has bridged the disciplines of interior design, site-specific sculpture, public art practice, and science fiction. She seeks to create interactive spaces that interrogate stereotypes, titillate the senses, and empower those who experience them to shape their own futures.