A graduate arts writing residency and public lecture series that queries 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 skin marked as “black”.


In focusing on embodiment, 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, embodiments clears space to consider the repeated, performative constitution of blackness while remaining attuned to the material consequences of being black.

Throughout the year, The Black Embodiments Studio invites artists, scholars, critics, and curators to give public talks at the University of Washington. Check back for days and times of events.


Fall 2017 — Liz Mputu, Artist Talk


Winter 2018 — Sampada Aranke

"Blackouts & Other Visual Escapes"

February 15, 5:30-6:30p. Communication 202 (4060 E Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195). Reception to follow.


Spring 2018 — TBD