Contested: On Blackness with Gabbah Baya

Multimedia artist Gabbah Baya will give a brief presentation of her new work, the photo-text project Contested: On Blackness. The presentation will be followed by an open discussion.

Born in 1994 and raised in West Palm Beach Florida, Gabbah Baya has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Their upbringing as an Arab American in the United States informs their art through creating alternative narratives and immersive digital environments. As an interdisciplinary worker—using sound, video, and 3D animation—Gabbah Baya develops a world where multifaceted, sometimes contradictory, realities exist simultaneously. Drawing on issues of intersectionality, they form hyperreal spaces to address gender, race, and international politics. Deconstructing hegemonic symbols, Gabbah Baya recontextualizes them in the visual vernacular of video games into new spatial, visual, and sonic realities. These realities ultimately critique U.S. perception of the Middle East, using technology to reassert agency and subvert narratives of social and political power.

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This event is part of our Winter quarter theme, Sweaty Concepts. Read more about this theme and view all related programming here.