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Works in Progress Series and African American Studies

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Black Affect[s], Queer Sensibilities: Corporeality of Contestation in Black Diaspora Visual Art

How might a consideration of affect[s] of blackness or black affect shape feeling visuality? What components of feeling through the visual disrupt the order of knowledge that marks blackness as one that measures pain, often at the expense of pleasure? It is through consideration of the performativity of black visuality—one that is conditioned by a myriad of other performances, encounters, and interpellations—that this talk considers contemporary photographic art, aesthetics, and visuality in the work of Ayana V. Jackson and Zanele Muholi.