Olivia Young

How the Black Body Bends: Sensorial Distortions of the Black Female Body in Contemporary Art, 1960-2016

How the Black Body Bends: Sensorial Distortions of the Black Female Body in Contemporary Art, 1960-2016 traces the emergence of themes of distortion within the creative processes and material choices of black female artists as a recurrent tool to unsettle dominant looking practices and systems of visibility. I argue distortion not only complicates methods of seeing blackness but, as an analytic, exposes the relationship between vision and other senses. Each chapter centers three artists from the onset of the black feminist art movements of the 1960s, contributing to the growing body of work addressing the erasure of black feminist art from art historical narratives.