Washington Project for the Arts Hosts Book Launch: Tsedaye Makonnen in conversation with Nydia A. Swaby

By Editorial Team on July 12, 2021
Courtesy of Washington Project for the Arts.
Talk: Sunday, July 18, 3pm to 4:30pm

Online via Zoom – RSVP Here

The archive continues! Join WPA for an intimate conversation between multidisciplinary artist Tsedaye Makonnen and ICA London Curator of Learning Nydia A. Swaby to celebrate the launch of the book: Black Women as/and the Living Archive, which Makonnen co-edited with WPA’s Jordan Martin. They will discuss how this project archives the ways in which Black women encode, preserve, and share memory through community.

The first printing of “Black Women as/and the Living Archive” sold out early but the second is now available. The publication costs $50 plus shipping and tax and can be pre-ordered here.

About the Speakers

Nydia A. Swaby is a black feminist researcher, writer, and curator based in London. Her practice builds on theories of racial, gendered, and diasporic formation, black feminism, black studies, and her previous experience working at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She is currently writing an experimental biography about pan-African feminist Amy Ashwood Garvey that uses her archive, life, and activism to ask broader questions about the futurity of black feminist archives and archival research (Lawrence Wishart, Summer 2022). Nydia is Curator of Learning at the London Institute of Contemporary Arts and will soon begin a Caird Research Fellowship in Caribbean, African, Atlantic histories, and material cultures at Royal Museums Greenwich. She has a PhD in gender studies from SOAS University of London.

Tsedaye Makonnen is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and researcher. She has exhibited at Art Dubai, United Arab Emirates; The Momentary, Bentonville; National Gallery of Art, DC; Park Avenue Armory, New York; UNTITLED Art Fair, Miami; and 1:54 Art Fair, London. Makonnen is currently exhibiting her work at CFHILL, Stockholm; National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC; and The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Her light sculptures were recently acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum for their permanent collection. She will join the Clark Art Institute in 2022 as their Futures Fellow. Makonnen is represented by Addis Fine Art.