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nelson, cam

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  • My research and teaching focuses on Black art and Black visual culture(s) as articulated through painting, photography, film/video, and performance. My other interests include identity and representation, critical pleasure studies, and contemporary Black life. My current project examines the visual culture of Black pleasure and the aesthetics of Black joy and safe space in the visual representations of quotidian Blackness as depicted by the painters labeled by Thelma Golden as the Black romantic.


  • African Diasporic visual studies, Black visual culture, critical pleasure studies, identity and representation, contemporary Black life


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