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Contentious Art: Disruption and Decolonial Aesthetics in Black Radical Tradition

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By Luam Kidane

My research takes an interdisciplinary approach to communication, art and politics rooted in process - that is, the conceptualization and experience of political thought formations and movements organizing for anti-authoritarian governance models and the various experimental articulations of these ideas in creative spaces. I continue my exploration of the significance of theory and praxis as it relates to intersections between Black radical tradition, decolonial aesthetics, critical race theory and articulations of self-determined identities. Questions that guide my study include, but are not limited to:

  • In what ways does art and artistic intervention occupy or create contested spaces of ambivalence, between aesthetic production and politically contentious creativity?
  • What kinds of potential impacts do decolonial aesthetic have for the formations of political movements and thought?
  • How do claims of nation-state differ from claims to nationhood? 
  • What does it mean to imagine societies rooted in process rather than colonial institutions given the current transnational flows of labor, capital, media, and identity?
  • How do decolonial aesthetic critiques of the nation-state accommodate commitments to structures and identities that groups and communities see as beneficial?