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Black Embodiments Studio

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The Black Embodiments Studio is a writing incubator and public lecture series that examines how definitions of blackness are produced and expressed through visual, aural, and affective realms—engaging three domains that underwrite the physical and metaphysical dimensions of inhabiting black skin. In focusing on embodiment, the studio highlights the term as a verb that invokes activity and movement, as well as the temporary and fleeting. As a dynamic category of analysis, embodiment clears space to consider the repeated, performative constitution of blackness while remaining attuned to the material consequences of being black.

Organized as a year-long residency, the studio immerses residents in models of writing that bridge academic and non-academic audiences and chart a theory and ethics of arts criticism surrounding questions of race, aesthetics, and embodiments. Residents simultaneously develop and workshop short pieces of writing on black embodiments in the contemporary, post-1970s moment for outlets that press against the boundaries of academic writing, such as Performa Magazine, Art Lies, and Artforum.

The studio also hosts artists, scholars, critics, and curators invested in black embodiments as guest residents for several days each quarter, during which time they conduct intimate, engaged workshops with residents and participate in public programming surrounding their practice.
The Black Embodiments Studio is the collaborative effort of Kemi Adeyemi (Assistant Professor of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies) and The Jacob Lawrence Gallery.


The Black Embodiments Studio website

The Jacob Lawrence Gallery

Primary Contact

Kemi Adeyemi (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies)