May 16: Black Life: Mandy Harris Williams

Mandy Harris Williams



Part of the series Black Life

Date: May 16, 2020
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: BAMPFA, UC Berkeley

About the Event

Programmed by Ruth Gebreyesus and Ryanaustin Dennis

Los Angeles–based artist Mandy Harris Williams seeks to get everybody the love they deserve, through creative, informational, and deconstructive gestures that span multiple mediums—including the hashtag #BrownUpYourFeed, a call to awareness and action. She encourages users of social media to consider attention economies as they map on to previous economies of representation and surveillance, asking, Does our behavior online align with our personal and community value systems?

Mandy Harris Williams is a theorist, multimedia conceptual artist, writer, educator, radio host, and internet/community academic. Raised in New York City between the Upper West Side and Harlem, Williams makes work focused on the tensions that unfold between 96th Street and 125th—privilege, disprivilege, and back again in fifteen minutes churning underground. She focuses on desirability privilege as a real and mythological market and political force.

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