virtual Exhibit

Dying to Eat? Black Food Geographies of Slow Violence and Resilience

Naya Jones, PhD

How do Black food geographies feel? How do these feelings matter? For Black healing? For food justice? Dying to Eat is a public geography project that explores Black food geographies of slow violence and resilience. Drawing on black geographies, healing arts, and Rob Nixon’s (2011) concept of slow violence, Dying to Eat uses arts-based methods like GIFmaking to engage / feel through / raise up African-American and Afro-Latinx testimonies of “food while Black” in the United States, from navigating racial surveillance to (re)claiming space. Based on interviews, media stories, and personal experiences. Dying to Eat is made possible by partnerships with POCI (people of color and indigenous) creatives.

The work is on-going! Witness below. Stay tuned.

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<< Witness>>

GIFmaking is on-going! Get the e-letter for project updates.

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Figure 1: “Joaquin’s Testimony.” Shirt designed by Tameika L. Hannah @ www.coffeeshopblue.com and Dr. Mitsy Chanel-Blot. (Photo by K. Thomas 2018). Visit article for more.

Description: in the GIF, Naya faces the shopping shelves with basket in hand. She bears witness to Joaquin’s testimony with movement: she reaches for an item deliberately, and makes sure her hands are always visible. The motion repeats.

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Figure 2: “The Smile.” (Photo by K. Thomas 2018). Visit article for more.

Description: in the GIF, Naya faces a shopping aisle in a grocery store. She turns with a smile. The action repeats.

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Figure 3: “Processing.” Shirt designed by Tameika L. Hannah @ www.coffeeshopblue.com and Dr. Mitsy Chanel-Blot. (Photo by K. Thomas 2018). Visit article for more.

Description: in the GIF, a body is sitting on the ground cross-legged. Hands motion inward and outward, moving circular toward the stomach. The action repeats.


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June 2019 | Race in the Marketplace 2nd Annual Meeting | Université Paris-Dauphine
France - Paris, France