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Nadia Wolff

QAW Resident January 2021

“Throughout this summer I am reading works with abolitionist frameworks at their center. At present, I am working through Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Ejeris Dixon’s Beyond Survival: strategies and stories from the transformative justice movement; bell hooks’ All About Love; and adrienne marie brown’s Emergent Strategy and Pleasure Activism. I am interested in how anti-racist work can be tenable—especially for Black people—by also investing in rest and joy, and in continuing to learn from elders and people who have been doing the work for much longer than I have.”

Nadia Wolff is a Haitian-american artist, writer, and designer from Miami, Florida currently studying Textiles and Literary Arts in the Brown | RISD Dual Degree program. Their work contemplates Black—particularly Black Caribbean—aesthetics through a lens of intimacy. They find a draw towards objects and motifs that speak to notions of belonging and the histories of trauma and power marked on the territories we come from. Via installation, textiles, performance, printmaking, and poetic interventions, their projects work through definitions of embodied knowledge and aim to present visions of Black, queer utopia. In focusing on small scenes of abundance, we might find palpable ways to work towards a future that celebrates Black, queer existence. They intend to create work which acknowledges and works through the trauma frequently connected to these postures, but which anchors itself heavily in imaginations and present realities of Black and queer joy, passion, beauty, and resilience. (They/Them/Theirs)

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