the hallowed breath of life: the sacred embodied

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MELISSA LOUIDOR Shange’s work attempts to engage collective recollections that have been passed down through folk tales, dances, and music to recover native memories. These narratives, that were rendered illegible by a constrained formation of knowledge-making, emerge in Shange’s work through language, movement, and physicality; literature is extended beyond the limitations of unilateral expression and becomes a liminal expression that …

A Daughter’s Cosmography

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NADIA MBONDE Artist’s Statement Inspired by Ntozake Shange’s A Daughter’s Geography, “A Daughter’s Cosmography,” is a series of nine pairings of poetry and photography that reflect on concepts of self-care, self-love, ritual, healing, daughtership, mothering and “the politics of the personal.” These ideas, which blur the boundary between theory and politics, reflect my interaction with Audre Lorde’s writings and poetry …