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In this chapter, Matt Richardson employs an ethnographic perspective to examine Sharon Bridgforth’s Thelove conjure/blues Text installation. He contends that the jazz aesthetic, an artistic practice that encourages layering of images, ideas, sound, and experiences, informs Bridgforth’s writing, performance, and revision practices. Richardson ultimately concludes that Bridgforth’s deployment of the jazz aesthetic in The love conjure/blues Text Installation enables Bridgforth to honor simultaneous truths, which pries open a space for reenvisioning black communal healing, nonnormative representations of black gender and sexuality, and the queer lives of black ancestors/elders.

This chapter contains Sandra L. Richards’s interview with Thelove...

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