To Come Back to Love: Reminders for Making Visible the Invisible
Filmmaker Xiaolu Wang shares a love letter to her collaborators, revealing the complex dynamics of friendship, family, and internalized oppression that arise through the practical and emotional labor of creating an autobiographical film.
At a screening outside of the Hosmer library organized by Central Neighborhood Association. Photo: Ann Silver.…
The Ethics of Writing About Throwaway Women
Writer and performance artist May Lee-Yang speaks back to the critics — advocating for greater specificity in telling Hmong women's stories, proposing a fresh take on the responsibilities of the audience, and considering the role of the artist as bad girl.
Slut.Bitch.Gangster.Bad girl.Bad woman.Itchy cunt.Horny cunt.Woman who ran away.Old vegetables.Leftover human.Dead snake on the side of the road. …
Xee Reiter, Faces. Image courtesy of the artist.
Even "The Smallest Cell Remembers": Notes on Research
Mn Artists guest editor Chaun Webster considers the precariousness of research, evidence and memory in black geographies.
I am a researcher. I work outside the university, have no degree affirming my qualifications to interpret or produce knowledge. Insurgent. I am nobody (see June Jordan, see Alexis Pauline Gumbs). My work involves a kind of listening—echo—in order to recover abbreviated lives.…
Photo courtesy of Chaun Webster.
My Blackness. (Still) Unfinished.
Writer, educator, activist and author of the novels See No Color and the latest Dream Country, Shannon Gibney, writes a personal narrative of blackness and its performances and liminality through multiple timelines providing several stunning glimpses at a project both unfinished and ever present.
All my life, I have not only been Black, but more so, Not Black Enough.…
Image courtesy Shannon Gibney.
Everything Is Everything, or How Black Women Will Survive the End of the World
Terrion L. Williamson, who serves as Assistant Professor of African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota, and is the author of Scandalize My Name: Black Feminist Practice and the Making of Black Social Life, expounds here on Barbara Christian's "intentional privileging of black women's lifeworlds" and celebrates the fugitive practices and lives forged and cultivated by black women every day.
won’t you celebrate with me / what I have shaped into / a kind of life?—Lucille Clifton, “won’t you celebrate with me”What I write and how I write is done in order to save my own life.…
Nina gone in. Credit: Terrion Williamson.
Are We Black Yet?: On Blackness as Art
Drummer, composer, writer and professor of African American literature and culture Davu Seru explores a body of ideas belonging to a kind of "un-finishing school" from Coltrane and their excavated recording, Both Directions at Once, to the seminal sermon in Invisible Man and perhaps black literature which asserts "black is...an' black ain't", asking us along the way: "Are we black yet?"
“If we had not survived and triumphed,there would not be a Black American alive.” —James Baldwin "Black people have…
Ad Reinhardt, Painting, 1960. Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
Black Convivial: On Blackmospheres and Sci-fi Social Work
Poet and educator Keno Evol explores Sci-fi Social Work, black sociality, and where “wreckage meets possibility.”
“I hear the storm.”—Aimé Césaire, Discourse On Colonialism“I can always hear somebody running”—Fred Moten…
Photo Credit: Uiphotographic.