Marcus Hunter

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Class Year: 
2015
Area of Study: 
Black Aesthetics / Queer and Trans Epistemologies
Student Status: 
Currently enrolled undergraduate

After taking a seminar within IRAAS my sophomore year, African-American Photographic Culture, I first started to cultivate an interest in black aesthetics, and the part they play in articulating distinct yet imbricated facets of black life within the United States: politically, philosophically, existentially, ontologically. As a black radical gender-nonconforming artist and activist, I drew inspiration from the likes of Emory Douglas, Carrie Mae Weems, Romare Bearden, and Chris Ofili, who through various techniques, styles, and genre, gave visual expression to the fractured, contradicting, and colonial conditions of black subjectivity within The United States and globally. For my senior thesis, I am working with IRAAS and the Visual Arts department to write and illustrate my own multimedia graphic novel inspired by this radical artistic tradition. The project is entitled: Negratude