In September 2017 the Oakland gallery Pro Arts featured Past Presence, a joint exhibition of separately produced but thematically linked works by the artists Indira Allegra and Christopher R. Martin. What tied the two artists’ concerns together was precisely the question of the tie itself: the weave, the fold, the thread, and the tangle. As the description of the exhibition read, Past Presence was a “response to the politicized trauma in Black contemporary life through the medium of weaving,” whether in Allegra’s “digital weaving” of audio and images of black families grieving for victims of police violence, or in Martin’s large black-and-white cotton-based tapestries depicting symbols of trauma and resistance. Particularly striking were three of Martin’s side-by-side tapestries that each depicted the knot of a noose, all tilted at an italicized angle so as to look like the Satanic number 666—evoking the long tradition of African American theology (both...
Speculum of the Other Cene
joseph albernaz works across Romantic literary studies, the environmental humanities, and theory. He received his PhD in English at the University of California, Berkeley, and in the fall of 2018 will join the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.
Joseph Albernaz; Speculum of the Other Cene. Qui Parle 1 June 2018; 27 (1): 233–250. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10418385-4383037
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