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Kalia Brooks Nelson; Cheryl Finley; Ellyn Toscano; Deborah Willis;




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408 pages (xxvi+382)


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Hardback156 x 234 mm (6.14" x 9.21")




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  • women
  • migration
  • intersectionality
  • art
  • film
  • poetry
  • food
  • borders
  • identity
  • trauma
  • dislocation
  • humanities
  • social sciences
  • public policy
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    Women and Migration(s) II

    • Kalia Brooks (editor)
    • Cheryl Finley (editor)
    • Ellyn Toscano (editor)
    • Deborah Willis (editor)
    Women and Migration(s) II draws together contributions from scholars and artists showcasing the breadth of intersectional experiences of migration, from diaspora to internal displacement. Building on conversations initiated in Women and Migration: Responses in Art and History, this edited volume features a range of written styles, from memoir to artists’ statements to journalistic and critical essays. The collection shows how women’s experiences of migration have been articulated through art, film, poetry and even food.

    This varied approach aims to aid understanding of the lived experiences of home, loss, family, belonging, isolation, borders and identity—issues salient both in experiences of migration and in the epochal times in which we find ourselves today. These are stories of trauma and fear, but also stories of the strength, perseverance, hope and even joy of women surviving their own moments of disorientation, disenfranchisement and dislocation.

    This collection engages with current issues in an effort to deepen understanding, encourage ongoing reflection and build a more just future. It will appeal to artists and scholars of the humanities, social sciences, and public policy, as well as general readers with an interest in women’s experiences of migration.

    Table of Contents

    Contributor Biographies


    Kalia Brooks, Deborah Willis, Ellyn Toscano and Cheryl Finley

    Part One: Migrations and Meanings in Art

    1. Carry Over

    Sama Alshaibi

    2. Marie Louise Christophe

    Firelei Báez

    3. Astral Sea

    Tsedaye Makonnen

    4. Maid in the USA

    Carolina Mayorga

    5. Rapture

    Shirin Neshat

    6. Blessing of the Boats

    Muna Malik

    7. Island Putas

    Gabriella N. Báez

    8. Barbadian Spirits—Altar for my Grandmother (Ottalie Adalese Dodds Maxwell, 1892–1991)

    Leslie King-Hammond

    9. Notes from an Undisclosed Location: Someplace in the Mojave Desert, California, United States

    Brandy Dyess

    10. Of Bodies and Borders

    Maria Elena Ortiz and Ana Teresa Fernández

    11. Sweet Milk in the Badlands.

    Allison Janae Hamilton

    12. Shrine for Girls: Social Justice and Aesthetic Responsivities

    Patricia Cronin

    13. From a Hot Border

    Hồng-Ân Trương

    14. NormaNamesake/The Choice

    Nashormeh N.R. Lindo

    Part Two: Responses in Art History and Art Criticism

    15. Refugees

    Ifrah Mahamud Magan

    16. Blue and White Forever: Embodying Race and Gender in Clay

    Kalia Brooks

    17. Radically Sustained Care: Chandra McCormick’s Katrina Displacement as a Mother and an Artist

    Hannah Ryan

    18. Carrie Mae Weems: Making Points and Changing Views

    Deborah Willis

    19. Nuyorican Abstract: Thinking through Cándida Alvarez and Glendalys Medina

    Arlene Dávila

    20. Joy Gregory: A Woman on the Go!

    Cheryl Finley

    21. Reading against the Grain of the Black Madonna: Black Motherhood, Race and Religion

    Yelaine Rodriguez

    Part Three: Crisis

    22. Back Home: Lessons from the Pandemic on Care, Gender and Justice

    Debora Spini

    23. Requiem for a Drink of Water

    Bryn Evans

    24. Sustaining and Retaining: A Social Ecological Reflection on Cultural Dance Performance for African Women and Femmes in Higher Education

    Arielsela Holdbrook-Smith

    25. The ‘New’ Hollywood and Beyond: Women, Migration, and Cultural Victimhood

    Heike Raphael-Hernandez

    26. Telling the Story of a Global Pandemic: African Wax Prints, Style, Beauty and COVID-19 in Ghana, West Africa

    Paulette Young

    27. The Empathy Exodus

    Esther Armah

    28. Being Woke: Visualizing Solidarity and Resistance

    Roshini Kempadoo

    Part Four: Fragmented Memories

    29. A Work from Sorrow: The PEN International Women’s Manifesto

    Jennifer Clement

    30. Undisciplined Pleasures, Vigilant Defiance 1.0 and 2.0 A.K.A. WMD: Women of Massive Delight | Our Own Sister F%#!-ing Pantheon

    Sarah K. Khan

    31. Instants: Fragments of Return

    Hande Gurses

    32. Reflections on Migrations and Border Crossings, Destinations and Destinies

    Sirpa Salenius

    33. Optical Self(s): Métis Women’s Authorship Regarding Conception of Self in Pre-Independence Senegal

    Summer Sloane-Britt

    34. Sanfoka and the Art of Archiving Black Atlantic Migrations

    Gunja SenGupta

    35. ‘These Bones Gonna Rise Again’: A Womanist Reclamation

    Michelle Lanier

    36. Being Beyond—Aesthetics of Resistance: Annemarie Clarac-Schwarzenbach

    Bettina Gockel

    37. Mom Rose

    Melvina Lathan

    38. She Carried with Her Neither Memory Nor Archive

    Ellyn Toscano

    39. Meaning and Roots in Copper: Winifred Mason in New York and Haiti

    Terri Geis

    40. Coconuts and Collards: Recipes and Stories from Puerto Rico to the Deep South

    Von Diaz

    41. How to Look at Silence

    Nohora Arrieta


    List of Figures



    Kalia Brooks

    Adjunct Professor in the Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University

    Kalia Brooks, PhD, is a New York based independent curator, educator and writer. Brooks is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Brooks holds a Ph.D. in Aesthetics and Art Theory from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. She received her M.A. in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts in 2006, and was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program 2007/2008. She has served as a consulting curator with the City of New York through the Department of Cultural Affairs and Gracie Mansion Conservancy. Brooks is also currently an ex-officio trustee on the Board of the Museum of the City of New York.

    Cheryl Finley


    Ellyn Toscano

    Executive Director at New York University Florence

    Ellyn Toscano is Executive Director of New York University Florence. She directs NYU’s Villa La Pietra, a fifteenth-century villa and collection of six thousand objects dating from the Etruscans to the twentieth century. She founded and directs La Pietra Dialogues, a year-long series of conferences and talks, and founded and produces The Season, a summer cultural festival in the Villa’s expansive gardens. Before arriving at NYU Florence, Toscano served as Chief of Staff and Counsel to Congressman Jose Serrano of New York, was his chief policy advisor and directed his work on the Appropriations Committee. Toscano also served as counsel to the New York State Assembly Committee on Education for nine years. She has served on the boards of several prominent arts and cultural institutions including the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (as the representative of the Brooklyn Borough President). In Italy, she serves on the board of the Museo Marino Marini in Florence, and the Italian Advisory Council of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. A lawyer by training, Toscano earned an LLM in International Law from New York University School of Law.

    Deborah Willis

    University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University

    Deborah Willis, PhD, is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment with the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, Africana Studies, where she teaches courses on photography and imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories visualizing the black body, women, and gender. Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, visual culture, the photographic history of Slavery and Emancipation, contemporary women photographers and beauty. She received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and was a Richard D. Cohen Fellow in African and African American Art, Hutchins Center, Harvard University and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. Professor Willis received the NAACP Image Award in 2014 for her co-authored book Envisioning Emancipation. Other notable projects include Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers – 1840 to the Present, Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present, Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs, an NAACP Image Award Literature Winner.