The Breaking Water symposium will consider Breaking Water's relationship to Black queer ecologies and the arts. The event will include a reception, a tour of the exhibition, and talks by guest speakers J.T. Roane and Ebony Noelle Golden. J.T. Roane is an assistant professor of African and African American Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Roane is broadly concerned about matters of geography, sexuality, and religion in relation to Black communities. Ebony Noelle Golden is an artist, scholar, and culture strategist from Houston, TX and currently based in Harlem. She devises site-specific ceremonies, live art installations, creative collaborations, and arts experiments that explore and radically imagine viable strategies for collective black liberation. In 2020, Ebony launched Jupiter Performance Studio (JPS) which serves as a hub for the study of diasporic black performance traditions. Their talks will be moderated by Cassandra Jones, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati.
The event will also be accompanied by a special screening of Ebony Noelle Golden's film 79 Moons: Ceremonies from in the Name of the Mother Tree.
The symposium is organized by Dr. Chandra Frank, Post-doctoral Fellow at the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati, and Dr. Amy Lind, Mary Ellen Heintz Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati and Director and Faculty Chair of the Taft Research Center.
Photo credit: Bleu Santiago
Featured artists: Jude Evans and Ebony Webster