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Reading List: Racial Injustice and White Supremacy

Azikiwe Mohammed, performance still of Blackest Night: A Survey in Blackness, courtesy of the artist and SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah.

A reading list of stories from Burnaway’s archives about artists’ responses to racial injustice and white supremacy, compiled by the magazine’s editors.

Black, Soft, and Wavy: In Conversation with Azikiwe Mohammed

May 10, 2019

Jasmine Amussen speaks with artist Azikiwe Mohammed about soft ghetto aesthetics, Black memory and photography, and Blackest Night: A Survey in Blackness, his 2019 solo show at SCAD Museum of Art.

In the Dark: Clarence John Laughlin and Dawoud Bey

April 26, 2019

Susan Mackey considers the stark, often metaphorical use of light and dark in photographs by Dawoud Bey in Chicago and Clarence John Laughlin in Atlanta.

There Are No Shadows Here: The Perfect Moment at 30

August 26, 2019

Ade J. Omotosho reflects on the history of the Black male nude, tracing the fraught influence of Robert Mapplethorpe on generations of queer photographers.

Grace in the Face of Violence: Carrie Mae Weems at Spoleto

June 17, 2016

Rebecca Lee Reynolds unpacks Grace Notes, a performance by Carrie Mae Weems at Charleston’s Spoleto Festival staged near the one-year anniversary of the racist massacre at Mother Emmanuel AME Church.

Today, Your Native Hosts

November 28, 2019

Jasmine Amussen considers the work of Native artist Hock E Aye VI, or Edgar Heap of Birds, and the painful legacy of the genocide of Native Americans.

Dispatch from the German Coast: Playing As Rebels

February 18, 2020

Ra Malika Imhotep unpacks the ironies, limitations, and joys of playing a rebellious slave in Dread Scott’s Slave Rebellion Reenactment last fall.

Letter from New Orleans: Down River Road

February 18, 2020

Tracing a personal journey along the Slave Rebellion reenactors’ path, New Orleans editor-at-large Kristina Kay Robinson raises questions about how to make art that respects the lives—and deaths—of the enslaved.

Mood Ring: Notes on Black Fungibility

March 26, 2020

Artist Yanique Norman outlines the poetics of Black Fungibility, “an alternate dream model” that borrows ideas from mycology to create complex and imaginative representations of Blackness.

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