Leilah Babirye (Born 1985, Kampala, Uganda) lives in the Bronx and works in Brooklyn, New York. She studied art at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda (2007–2010) and participated in the Fire Island Artist Residency (2015). In 2018, she received asylum in the US with support from the African Services Committee and the NYC Anti-Violence Project, and presented her first solo exhibition at Gordon Robichaux, NY. Her work was recently included in Strange Attractors at Kerry Schuss gallery (curated by Bob Nickas); a presentation by CANADA gallery at Frieze; and in the Socrates Annual at Socrates Sculpture Park where she is presenting two monumental commissioned sculptures through March 2019. Babirye has participated in numerous panel discussions, most recently the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair and the Black Lesbian Conference at Barnard College. In 2019, her work will be included in Flight: A Collective History at the Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (curated by Serubiri Moses) and in Stonewall 50 at The Contemporary Arts Museum (CAMH), Houston, Texas. Profiles on Babirye and her art were recently published in Cultured Magazine, New York Magazine, Modern Painters, OUT Magazine, and Raw Material: A Podcast from SFMOMA (Season 4; Luvvers).