Reading List: Racial Injustice and White Supremacy
A reading list of stories from Burnaway’s archives about artists’ responses to racial injustice and white supremacy, compiled by the magazine’s editors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.