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Home is about inside. Healing is about inside worlds – our emotional, spiritual insides where lockdown triggered triggers and home was restless and bubbling traumas and trouble for millions. It was an undoing we didn’t see coming, and we didn’t know how not to be undone.

This is an Emotional Justice presentation. It explores home, shelter, Blackness, humanity and emotional labor to make peace within our Black bodies, in the absence of shelter in nations like the US and UK and Brazil – all places that politicized and weaponized a virus turning it into a death-seeking missile that claimed millions. It is a dual exploration that asks: what does it mean to make home within yourself when an industry of busyness shapes our relationship to labor?

This event is part of our year-long exploration on the theme of “Home, What does it look like now?” How can we reconsider home in the 21st century as we cross states and borders seeking comfort, safety and identity? Against the backdrop of a global pandemic and state sanctioned violence against black bodies, the Center for Black Visual Culture (CBVC) will explore the significant ways black visual narratives respond to the cultural, dynamic political, social, economic as well intimate changes that force us to (re)interrogate previous conceptions of home.


Cosponsored by the 370J Project, NYU; and the Department of Photography & Imaging, NYU Tisch School of the Arts.