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crystal am nelson

Identity and representation, contemporary African Diasporic art, visual culture and citational practices, contemporary photography, digital and new media, social practices, performance
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Research Interests: 

My research explores black visual culture(s), broadly speaking, and their articulations in photography, film/video, performance, and digital and web-based platforms. I am particularly interested in investigating how digital/virtual sites of knowledge and cultural production lend themselves to reimagining and reconfiguring blackness and diaspora in the contemporary visual field. My other related areas of interest include the visualization and mediation of historical trauma; the cross-sections of gender, race, and sexuality; and how these cross-sections manifest in popular culture as reflections of not only unresolved history but also as futurist propositions for next-century transcultural and transglobal identities. 




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Selected Publications: 

“African American Women and Photography,” Oxford African American Studies Center, July 2013

“Scandal,” Brooklyn
, June 2013

“New Growth, Contemporary Art, and Its Discontents:
Dispatches from the Frontier,”
Art Practical, Issue 4.12

“The Capital of Caribbean Cool,” Art Practical, Issue 4.4

“Interview with Romel Jean Pierre,” Art Practical,
Issue 3.8

Multiple entries in the African American National Biography, Ed. Gates, Henry Louis Jr., Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Oxford University Press, January

Selected Presentations: 

African Studies Association Annual
Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Paper: “Zanele
Muholi: Queering the Sphere of Resistance,” ACASA Sponsored Panel: “The
Body Theorized”

Lecture, Emmanuel College, Boston,
Massachusetts; Title of Paper: “Selections from the
Black Urbanist Reader: Scattered and Collected”

Panel, “Capital of Caribbean Cool:
Contemporary Caribbean Artists in Miami;" Organizer and Moderator, David Castillo
Gallery, Miami, Florida

Lecture, San Francisco State University,
San Francisco, California; Title of Paper: “Performing Identity in
American Art and Culture”

Honors and Awards: 

apexart Franchise Program curatorial grant

Critical Studies Resident, Center for
Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY

Fieldwork Marfa Researcher-in-Residence, ESBA Nantes Métropole & HEAD-Genève Academie, Marfa, TX

Art Practical Writer-in-Resident,
Cannonball (formerly LegalArt Miami), Miami, FL

Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers, Nominee

Visions from the New California Fellowship Award

Education and Training: 
MFA, photography, San Francisco Art Insitute
BA–summa cum laude, English and identity studies, University of Rhode Island
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