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An example of research created by our Visual Arts Cohort:
“Afrofuturism in Visual Culture”
Jazmin Smith
Associate Professor Preminda Jacob

Afrofuturism is a genre based on the idea that science fiction and fantasy can be used to describe the black experience. Parallels between science fiction and the black experience of the past, present, and future include existing as an Other, unable to assimilate; the ordeal of abduction while being the subject of experimentation; and creating a new societal normal after a forced interaction with an unknown. At present, Afrofuturism is primarily expressed through literary work and music. This project will introduce the concept of Afrofuturism to visual artists in the UMBC community through a web-based exhibition of a few existing Afrofuturistic works. After presenting this website to UMBC visual artists, I will challenge them to explore ideas of Afrofuturism in their own work. The project will culminate in a juried art exhibition.

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