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Logan Shanks

My name is Logan (she/her/hers) and I am a junior at Brandeis University, majoring in African & African-American Studies and English, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

My research and work centers Black Feminist Thought and Queer/Sexuality Studies. Through my art and research project, “Playing in Excess,” I am exploring how Black women express subjectivity and interiority through their aesthetics and bodily capital. My work enhances the places where Black people spend most of their time and energy by creating authentic spaces for community members to engage with their histories, cultural nuance, and aesthetics through more intentional means. I define myself as a “Black feminist artist and curator” who demystifies traditional “academic” understandings of blackness by pairing Black theoretical knowledge with everyday, familiar encounters of Black culture and art to create spaces where Black ways of knowing are validated and elevated.

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