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Image: Long Island Sound from Negro Coney Island, Hart Island (2021), 16x24 inches (Ayanna Dozier)

Cities of the Dead is now available to view at The Shed until August 1st. The installation traces the imagined (re)construction of Solomon Riley’s park, dubbed “Negro Coney Island,” across an arrangement of photos, speculative monologues from its creator and key Black cultural producers from the Harlem Renaissance, and an architectural rendering of Riley’s abandoned plans co-designed by architect Nina Cooke John. Through this temporal intervention, the installation reconsiders the role that architecture, presence, and ruins play in remembrance of a people and how Black communities’ histories are forcibly erased. Learn more about the project and my work via The Shed’s video below.

I Am Ayanna Dozier | OPEN CALL 2021 | THE SHED

Harper’s Bazaar Shoutout

My past work, Untitled_Soft Waves #1, 2019 (pictured left: 16x20 inches, C-Print) was featured in the June/July print issue and online feature for “The Cultural Lover’s June Guide” in support of The Shed’s Open Call exhibition.

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Frieze Vision & Justice Artist Talk with Helina Metaferia Recording Now Available:

Artist Talk: Helina Metaferia in conversation with Dr. Ayanna Dozier | 8 May 2021

Addis Fine Art is pleased to present Helina Metaferia in conversation with Dr. Ayanna Dozier on Saturday 8 May at 4 PM EDT, as part of an online series of initiatives for the Vision & Justice Project and Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, in partnership with Frieze New York. The Vision & Justice Project is dedicated to examining art’s central role in understanding the relationship between race and citizenship in the United States.

"Unsettling the Feminist/Queer Archive: A Roundtable Discussion" Recording Now Available:

The 4th Annual Laboratory of Feminist Memory: Intimate Dwellings Part 1

This roundtable discussion brought together young scholars, filmmakers and artists, and curators using feminist/queer/decolonial approaches to think about their engagement with media archives, not only as a research method, but as a material, embodied site. Together, the guests considered what lies outside of the realm of the institutional and colonial archive, the role of domestic and community archives, and how their creative and scholarly practices make space for other stories, gestures, and modes of being. Featuring: Ayanna Dozier, Amanda Ann-Min Wong, Morgan Sears-Williams, Geneviève Wallen Moderated and organized by Dhvani Ramanajum

Latest Film Criticism at Screen Slate

I wrote about Andrea Arnold’s short films; Milk (1998), Dog (2001), and the Academy- Award winning Wasp (2003) for Screen Slate. Excerpt: “Sex is public in the work of Andrea Arnold. The director’s first three films use sex not to tantalize but rather to release narrative tension and affect …”

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Lecture at The Whitney Museum: Peeling Apart the Image, An Art History of the Polaroid

Dawoud Bey’s Polaroid photographs from the 1980s and '90s anchor this lecture with teaching fellow Ayanna Dozier. Bey made street portraits using Polaroid Type 55 film, generating instant pictures he gave to his subjects as well as negatives to use for additional prints. His investment in the medium continued with studio portraits created with the gargantuan 20 × 24-inch camera, available to him through Polaroid’s Artist Support Program. In these works, painstaking craft coexists with the intimacy often associated with everyday Polaroid photography.

Dawoud Bey, Lorna, New York, NY, 1992. Two dye diffusion transfer prints (Polaroid), 30 × 44 in. overall (76.2 × 111.76 cm), 31 1/2 × 23 1/8 in. each framed. Collection of Eileen Harris Norton. © Dawoud Bey

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Open Studio Visits for the Summer

(Pictured: After You, 2021) This summer I will be working on several new photographic, filmic, and performance works on sexual justice & the somatic. The first part, a Super 8mm film installation entitled Solicitations for Crimes Against Nature, will premiere on 6/19 (TBA). This new body of work is partially sponsored by artist Tahir Karmali whose generous use of studio space from June-August is making this work possible, which includes a series of Polaroids & alternative printing processes like palladium printing. Email me to schedule a studio visit.

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