In this talk Sharpe will think the “Still[ness]” of Black life in terms of duration, movement and stillness (still life, still photography, etc.), the longue durée of slavery, the wake, residence time, and more. She will principally do this by thinking about and with the Equal justice Initiative’s Memorial for Peace and Justice that commemorates the victims of terror lynching, Torkwase Dyson’s abstract painting, drawing, installation and sculpture work, in particular her Strange Fruit (Blue Note) series, the work of Taryn Simon (Paperwork and the Will of Capital: An Account of Flora as Witness) and Maria Thereza Alves’s Seeds of Change.
Christina Sharpe is a Professor at Tufts University in the department of English and the programs in Africana and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her second book, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, was published by Duke University Press in November 2016 and was named in The Guardian newspaper and The Walrus as one of the best books of 2016. In the Wake was a finalist for nonfiction for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards. Her first book Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects (2010) was also published by Duke University Press. She is currently completing the critical introduction to the Collected Poems of Dionne Brand (1982-2010) to be published by Duke University Press and she is working on a monograph: Black. Still. Life. Sharpe has recently contributed essays to the book accompanying Arthur Jafa’s first solo exhibition Love is the Message, The Message is Death, an essay called The Crook of Her Arm to a collection on the work of the artist Martine Syms, an essay on Luke Willis Thompson’s autoportrait (2017), and a brief essay on Emma Amos’s Take One (1985-87).
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Part of Circulation(s): On the Logistical Condition
Behind each of the crises that define our enduring neoliberal present lies a problem of circulation. Whether it takes a migratory, financial, humanitarian, securitarian, ecological, or epidemiological form, a crisis is declared when things don’t flow the way they should. The conference explores the spaces, processes, and technologies regulating how entities circulate in our highly interconnected societies – from people to data, through commodities, resources, capital, and pathogens. With its relentless pursuit of secure and optimised regimes of mobility, has the logistical rationality spilled over into every domain of contemporary life?
Organised by Dele Adeyemo, Andrea Bagnato and Francesco Sebregondi
CHASE (Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts in South-East England)
Department of Media and Communications
Centre for Research Architecture
Image: Torkwase Dyson, Ramond (Water Table), 2017
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