does this mean i’m a real artist now?
Artist-educator heather c. lou documents a year of transition from Oakland to Minneapolis, illuminating how artistic process is intimately affected by personal and professional lives, and sharing the search for voice and healing in a white supremacist environment.
summeri moved from Oakland to Minneapolis in 2016. everybody in my life seemed concerned with this life decision:“Are you sure this is a good idea?”“Isn’t it…cold…there? The weather and the people?”…
Experience Is Expertise
Artist, poet, and scholar Simi Kang reframes the notion of expertise, examining which stories we are allowed to retain from our ancestors, what qualifies as a “valid” story, how institutions tell stories for us, and how we tell stories about and for ourselves.
When Saymoukda asked me to write for this incredible series, I struggled to find a center for the piece. While I make visual art and poetry, my primary art these days is writing in service to my Ph.D.…
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.