Halim Flowers

Visual artist and poet

Grantee Cohort Spring 2022

Halim Flowers is a Washington-D.C.-based visual artist and poet.

In 1997, at the age of 16, Flowers was charged as an adult and sentenced to 40 years to life. His experiences as a minor inside the DC Department of Corrections were captured in the Emmy award-winning documentary, Thug Life In DC. While incarcerated, he co-founded the social entrepreneurial media production company, Unchained Media Collective, with filmmaker Kristin Adair in 2018 with the goal of disrupting mass incarceration by telling the stories of those that are directly impacted by the criminal justice system. A year later, he was released after successfully petitioning for resentencing after 22 years behind bars.

Flowers has received numerous honors, including the Halcyon Arts Lab and Echoing Green fellowship awards. In 2020, he signed to be represented by DTR Modern Galleries for his visual art practice. His visual art has been exhibited at the MoMA PS1 and the National Arts Club in New York City. In 2022, Flowers started his own fashion brand releasing exclusive limited collections of streetwear designs.