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A Black Gaze: Artists Changing How We See - Tina M. Campt

In A Black Gaze, Tina Campt examines Black contemporary
artists who are shifting the very nature of our interactions with
the visual through their creation and curation of a distinctively
Black gaze. Their work--from Deana Lawson's disarmingly
intimate portraits to Arthur Jafa's videos of the everyday beauty
and grit of the Black experience, from Khalil Joseph's films and
Dawoud Bey's photographs to the embodied and multimedia
artistic practice by Okwui Okpakwasili, Simone Leigh, and Luke
Willis Thompson--requires viewers to do more than simply look;
it solicits visceral responses to the visualization of Black
precarity. Campt shows that this new way of seeing shifts
viewers from the passive optics of looking at to the active
struggle of looking with, through, and alongside the suffering--
and joy--of Black life in the present. The artists whose work
Campt explores challenge the fundamental disparity that
defines the dominant viewing practice: the notion that
Blackness is the elsewhere (or nowhere) of whiteness. These
artists create images that flow, that resuscitate and revalue the
historical and contemporary archive of Black life in radical ways.
Writing with rigor and passion, Campt describes the creativity,
ingenuity, cunning,and courage that is the modus operandi of a
Black gaze.

MIT, 2021
Hardcover, 256pp
203 x 152 mm

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