Kira Simon-KennedyUSChina Residencies
Kira Simon-Kennedy (she/they) is the co-founder and co-director of China Residencies, a multi-faceted arts nonprofit that has supported hundreds of different international creative exchanges to China since 2013. They have been a fellow at NEW INC, the New Museum’s incubator for art, design, and technology, as well as the IFP Made in NY Media Center, creating Rivet, a platform to connect creative people with opportunities worldwide. They produce independent films and documentaries, including Jessica Kingdon's award-winning short documentary Commodity City and first feature film, Ascension (Tribeca winner for Best Documentary 2021 and Best New Director) as well as ongoing series about the creative scenes in China’s second and third tier cities, and a previous year long project about China’s underground music scene for the record label Modern Sky. Before the pandemic, Simon-Kennedy split their time between China, France, and the US. She now lives mostly online.