Paradigms for Liberation, I-III 2019

Often, we turn to history for “lessons” that we hope will guide us through the present moment while taking for granted the invisible processes of narrative construction (and deconstruction) that go into the formation of our historical stories. Paradigms for Liberation I-III opens up a space for “remembering” the narratives of three liberation movements—the Algerian War of Independence, the Black British Feminist Movement from the 70s and 80s, and liberation theology in Latin America during the late 80s and early 90s—through our online, shared archive.

Hickory Hill 2018

Following two figures through a natural environment, Hickory Hill is an experiment in seeing, a non-narrative and winding experience of following and shared attention.

Ode to the Happy Negro Hugging the Flag 2017

Ode to the Happy Negro Hugging the Flag in Robert Colescott’s “George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware” is an ekphrastic video-poem in response to a painting by Robert Colescott, which is itself an ekphrastic response to an earlier painting by Emmanuel Leutze.

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Anaïs Duplan


Anaïs Duplan is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. He is the author of a forthcoming book of essays, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (Black Ocean, 2020), a full-length poetry collection, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016), and a chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017). Duplan is the founding curator for the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program for artists of color, based in Iowa City. As an independent curator, he has facilitated artist projects in Chicago, Boston, Santa Fe, and Reykjavík. Duplan’s video and performance work has been shown at Flux Factory, Daata Editions, the 13th Baltic Triennial in Lithuania, Mathew Gallery, NeueHouse, the Paseo Project, and will be exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in L.A in 2020. He was a 2017-2019 joint Public Programs Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

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