Fall 2015 Fellow
Fellow: Aiesha Turman
Project: Black Girl Muse (BGMuseum)
ABOUT Black Girl Muse (BGMuseum)
Black Girl Muse (BGMuseum) is a traveling museum, digital exhibition and interactive pop-up art-making/media-making space that seeks to engage Black women and girls around issues of sex/uality, gender, identity, community, family, and place-making. These events implement a range of artistic modalities including literature/poetry, performance, visual art, and digital media. BGMuse is composed of three distinct, yet intertwining components: pop-up museum, community engagement, and digital archive. The overall goal for BGMuse is to imbue participants with how art and media making are liberating practices that can assist in dismantling the intertwining ideologies of white supremacy and misogynoir (a term coined by queer Black feminist scholar Moya Bailey that refers to misogyny directed towards Black women, where race and gender both play roles in bias; particularly in American visual and popular culture) that are held, often subconsciously, and also encourage participants to engage in their own ongoing art making practices.
Aiesha Turman is scholar-practioner whose intellectual work focuses race and gender, historical trauma and grief, inter-generational transfer, cultural production, and the epistemological implications of Afrofuturism via a Black Feminist lens. Aiesha’s research agenda is centrally concerned with Black women and how women across the Diaspora mediate historical trauma and grief via a broad spectrum of cultural production(s). Specifically, she is invested in thinking about and creating liberatory women-centered spaces and how those spaces propel culture forward.
Aiesha is excited to undertake research that centralizes the voices of Black women and is looking to make an impact on how we view cultural production for and by women across the African Diaspora. She holds a BA in Cultural Studies with an emphasis on Women’s History and an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies, with an emphasis on African American Women’s Literature and Culture, both from the State University of New York, Empire State College, and is currently a PhD student in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Humanities and Culture and a Women and Gender Studies and Creative Writing certificate candidate at Union Institute & University.
She was recently named a 2015-2016 Barnard College Library Research Award recipient.
In addition to her academic work, Aiesha is the Founder and Executive Director of The Black Girl Project, a leading-edge grassroots/community organization whose mission is to assist young women and girls develop leadership through the creation and critical and analytical analysis of media and the arts.