Think and Do The Extraordinary
Support the Unit
Existence as Resistance: The Magic in Blackness | Women's Center
Select Page
Women's Center
Women's Center
Join the Women’s Center in the curation of the spring exhibit, Existence as Resistance: The Magic in Blackness where NC State students, staff, and faculty look through an Afrofuturist lens to create radical Black futures for themselves and viewers.
The curation of this exhibit is two parts where participants are invited to a photo shoot and a design session to engage in creating radical Black futures through their photos. See the inspiration image gallery below.

Seeking Participants

If you are interested in participating in the exhibit, please register for one of two photo shoot dates:
Saturday, November 16: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 17: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Afrofuturist Design Session
Participants must have participated in the photo shoot prior to this session.
  • Session date December 5th from 7pm – 10pm (can come at any time, but should allot at least one hour for design work).
  • Back up date, December 6th.

Opening Exhibition
Existence as Resistance: The Magic in Blackness
February 18th, 2020
Registration coming soon.

Closing Exhibition
Artist Talk: Black Trans Liberation
March 31, 2020
Registration coming soon.

About the exhibit, Existence as Resistance: The Magic in Blackness
This exhibit is curated by the NC State Women’s Center and hosted in the African American Cultural Center Art Gallery on the second floor of Witherspoon Student Center. The exhibit opening is February 18, 2020 at 7pm in the African American Cultural Center. Photography is the art of Jacqueline Perry of and the Afrofuturist Design Session will be led by Joanna Ali.
What is Afrofuturism?
The re-imagining, through a Black lens and steeped in ancient African traditions and black identity, the future. It is the envisioning Black futures that stem from Afrodiasporic experiences and the creation of new future realities. Alondra Nelson explained Afrofuturism as a way of looking at the subject position of black people which covers themes of alienation and aspirations for a utopic future. While afrofuturist thinking had been conceived of for centuries prior, Afrofuturism as a term was coined by author, Mark Dery in the essay “Black to the Future.” which looks at speculative fiction within the African diaspora. In this essay, Dery posed questions that laid the foundation for the philosophy of Afrofuturism, asking,  “Can a community whose past has been deliberately rubbed out, and whose energies have subsequently been consumed by the search for legible traces of its history, imagine possible futures? Furthermore, isn’t the unreal estate of the future already owned by the technocrats, futurologists, streamliners, and set designers ― white to a man ― who have engineered our collective fantasies?
Today, by virtue of the radical Black imagination, we recognize and celebrate the unapologetic existence of Blackness in its multiple and pluralistic forms rooted in the uniqueness and innovation of black culture.
The Women’s Center thanks the GLBT Center and the African American Cultural Center for being partners for this exhibition.  



In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NC State will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Requests can be served more effectively if notice is provided at least 10 days before the event. For more information, please contact The Women's Center at 919.515.2012.