Art Writing

Sound Garden: Ja’Tovia Gary’s The Giverny Document

Ayanna Dozier

The Giverny Document is a noisy film, full of music, yelling, screaming, crying, scratching, wailing, and laughter. But the most deafening moments unfold in silence when viewers are left to assess what is missing, what cannot be represented. Consider the deep pauses and puzzled faces of the Black women and girls standing on the corner of 116th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem, thinking of how to answer filmmaker Ja’Tovia Gary’s question, the one that structures this movie: “Do you feel safe in your body, in the world?”

Art Writing

On Retrieval: Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle’s Black Feminist Spell

Ra Malika Imhotep

Hinkle's work is largely research-based and anchored to an impressive repertoire of writings and recordings left behind by Black women. Fixed to the walls of her Oakland studio, photographs of fabulous, familiar, and forgotten Black women watch Hinkle work. They hold her accountable.

Glorious Site of Tremendous Importance

Josh Pazda

Since 2011, Feher had been spending a considerable amount of time in Houston, and planted yet another seed for what would become a proposal for a large-scale horticultural sculpture at the University of Houston. Perhaps sparked by his excitement about the palm grown on his windowsill...

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