the black embodiments studio

A yearlong writing residency querying how definitions of blackness are produced and expressed through visual, aural, and affective realms—engaging three domains that underwrite the physical and metaphysical dimensions of inhabiting black skin. In focusing on embodiments, The Studio highlights the term as a verb that invokes activity and movement, as well as the temporary and fleeting; as a dynamic category of analysis that is accessible across disciplines, the language of embodiment clears space to consider the repeated, performative constitution of blackness while remaining attuned to the material consequences of being black.

The Black Embodiments Studio accepts up to 10 University of Washington graduate students per year to be in residence.

The Studio is run by Kemi Adeyemi in collaboration with The Jacob Lawrence Gallery, and is generously supported by the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities.