Association of Black Anthropologists
Oral Presentation Session
This paper examines why and how collective artmaking has been used as an activist praxis to transform the conditions of black subjection in Minnesota. Drawing on Hortense Spiller's theory of interior subjectivity, through imagery and poetics I explore how doll-maker, scrapbooker and clown artist Phyllis Chantham restructures how people conceive of themselves and their relationships to black femaleness. I think through the tangle of individual and collective factors that give rise to collective artmaking as a habitual practice of freedom among at least two generations of black females activists in the Twin Cities.