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.
Out of Place: Black Triage and its Afterlife
PhD candidate in geography and writer Aaron Mallory explores the space between injury and death to discuss the afterlife of triage.
To be black is to be injured. An injury is a status, a commonly held social belief that one is not in good health. What it means to be to healthy depends on your place. We only speak of health when things aren’t well. …
Image credit: Aaron Mallory
A case for this: the (new Black) here and now
Writer and cultural strategist Lisa Marie Brimmer sketches an invitation to black post-blackness, a spiral encompassing the resurrection of the everyday, a history comprised of multitudes, and cosmic acts of world building in the here and now.
Kerry James Marshall, untitled water study for Gulf Stream, 2004. Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.