7th Jun 2019 5:30pm-7:30pm
Grand Parade, G4
Black Gravity: Impossible Stories of Black Possibility
Professor Tina Campt (Abigail R. Cohen Fellow at the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris and Research Associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa)
Drawing from her manuscript-in-progress, The New Black Gaze, this talk engages the concept of fabulation as a black feminist methodology that challenges discreet understandings of memory, archive, and narrative. Focusing on the creative ways black contemporary artists render the black experience, the talk reflects on the visual modalities they are creating to imagine a different trajectory of black futurity. They are trajectories routed in and through the black body and its capacity to subvert the gravity of white supremacy that manifests as antiblackness.
Professor Tina Campt is a black feminist theorist of visual culture and contemporary art, whose work explores gendered, racial and diasporic formation in black communities in Europe, the US, and Southern Africa through the oral,
sonic and visual cultural texts produced by these communities. Campt is Claire Tow and Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Africana and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College-Columbia University. She is currently in residence as Abigail R. Cohen Fellow at the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris and Research Associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.