When the Problematic Fuels Your Creative Drive
Writer S.D. Chrismon considers how to relate to problematic media representations of Black characters—from Black Mirror to Gone with the Wind—and asks how to reenvision pop culture lineages in order to craft new Afrofuturist narratives.
As a Black/Biracial woman in America, my writing is uniquely informed by my positionality in the world. My writing is informed by my privileges and my politic.…
"'Gone With The Wind (1939) - Vivien Leigh & Hattie McDaniel" by Rossano aka Bud Care is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
Senah Yeboah-Sampong delivers a fresh reading of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein through a contemporary Afrofuturist lens, considering how bodies come to be read as monsters out of fragility and fear.
Someone, or something, took the life of a young boy from a well-to-do family. The only suspect was the victim’s housekeeper, Justine.…
"'La Créature de Frankenstein' by KLAT @ Plainpalais @ Geneva" by Guilhem Vellut is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
Imagination Blueprint, Liberation Technologies: A Conversation with Free Black Dirt
Mn Artists welcomes Free Black Dirt as the guest editors of our editorial platform.
Free Black Dirt was born serendipitously in a community college LGBTQ literature class in 2001, when two nerdy Black girls connected for the first time.…
Free Black Dirt. Photo: Sarah White/Fotos for Barcelona Photography.
Anti-Ethnography: The Violence of a Civilization Without Secrets
Following a program of indigenous filmmakers curated by Adam and Zack Khalil, poet M.J. Gette chews on violence in ethnography, embodiment in archive, manipulation in documentary, and positionality in language.
Still from The Violence of a Civilization Without Secrets, Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys (2017).…
A body / a sign : On Black subjectivity / interiority / finding tenderness: beyond political meaningfulness
Through voice and matter, artist-writer Mara Duvra considers possibilities for black subjectivity beyond the representation of otherness, making manifest calm, interiority, and gestures of tenderness.
In order to speak a truer word concerning myself, I must strip down through layers of attenuated meanings made an excess … over time, assigned by a particular historical order, and there await…
Feminizing the Axe
Jess Hirsch, founder of Women's Woodshop in Minneapolis, calls for a reworking of craft practices and the gendering of tools.
Photo credit: Studio Zu.…
Miriam Karraker contributes poems after Jennifer Nevitt’s "Sans Terre" at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, enacting the slippage between language and what is seen or felt.
Artwork by Jennifer Nevitt. Image courtesy of Minneapolis Institute of Art. keeps watch…