Friday, July 12, 2024

Kara Lynch

kara lynch is a time-based artist living in the bronx, ny – born in the momentous year of 1968. kara completed the MFA in Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego and has been a research fellow at the African and African Diaspora Studies Department, University of Texas Austin and the Academy of African Studies at Bayreuth University in Germany. She is an emerit@Professor of Video and Critical Studies at Hampshire College. In 2020 kara was awarded a Tulsa Artist Fellowship and joined Gallery of the Streets as a principled artist collaborator.

Her art practice is re-memory, vision, and movement. It manifests as poetics, process, and conjures autonomy for Black and Indigenous people across Diaspora. Through low-fi, collective practice, and social intervention lynch explores aesthetic/political relationships between time + space. This artist’s practice is vigilantly raced, classed, and gendered – Black, Queer and Feminist.

Major projects include: BlackRussians’ a feature documentary video, ‘The Outing’ – a video travelogue, MouhawalaOula’ – a gender-bending trio performance for oriental dance, live video & saxophone; We Travel the Space Ways: Black Imagination, Fragments and Diffractions’– an edited volume of Black Speculation; and the current project, INVISIBLE’ an episodic, speculative, multi-site video/audio installation that excavates the terror and resilient beauty of the Black-Indigenous experience.

Current explorations include: RuleReverse! a series of video interventions learning from Sylvia Wynter’s Maskarade; “Come Prepared or Not At All” a series of drawings concerned with Black Towns and Futures. “Stories from the Core” a collaboration with Sarah and Maryam Ahmed; and Blues U – a bi-monthly radio show on 90.1 Tulsa.

Spy-boi_prelude_RuleReverse! – still from performance September 2020/Greenwood Ave Tulsa, Indian Territory
SAVED [episode 03 of Invisible] postcard 2008/2013
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  1. […] Kara Lynch joined us from Tulsa, Oklahoma where she is currently in her second year as a Tulsa artist fellow. For the duration of the fellowship, she receives studio space, housing and a monthly stipend. When she applied, she of course had no idea that there would be a global pandemic when she arrived. The fellowship proved a welcome safety net and allowed her to work on an elegy to a mother and son who were lynched in Oklahoma in 1911. To hear more about this work, her fellowship period and more, listen to the complete interview. […]


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