We are thrilled to announce that the "Black Women as/and the Living Archive" publication is now available. This book is part of a larger project of the same name, curated and organized by interdisciplinary artist Tsedaye Makonnen. From May–June 2020, "Black Women as/and the Living Archive" explored the modes in which Black women encode, preserve, and share memory through community. Central to Makonnen's inquiry was Children of NAN: Mothership, a film by artist Alisha Wormsley that functions as a metaphor for the survival and power of Black women in a dystopic future. Many of the cast and collaborators of the film—Li Harris, Autumn Knight, Ingrid LaFleur, Jamila Raegan, and Jasmine Hearn—participated in the multi-event project.
The publication, which incorporates both archival and new materials, serves as a repository for the conversations and intimate interactions amongst the participants and the audience. It follows the project from its inception in 2019 (first planned to be an exhibition with screenings and live performances) to its adaptation to virtual formats in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and its presentation during the Black Lives Matter uprisings and the ongoing state sanctioned violence against Black people. Makonnen has organized the publication around four themes: Space, Moving Image, Memory; Collective Memory; Pleasure Memory; and Mama Memory [& Care]. There is newly commissioned writing by Jessica Lanay, Jo Stewart, Ladi’Sasha Jones, and Yona Harvey, documentation of the project’s public programs, as well as an annotated bibliography by Ola Ronke, creator of The Free Black Women's Library. The publication is designed by Rheagen King.
The publication costs $50. Order your copy here.
May 4, 2021