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Jessica Bell Brown

JESSICA BELL BROWN is an art historian and writer based in Harlem.


I once heard the theorist Fred Moten beg a simple question: “Can black people be loved?” In this provocation, he interrogates the capability of the dominant culture, to love black people not out of a desire to possess black bodies, or praise black cultural forms, but to love out of the presupposition of black humanity. If Moten’s words were lyrics, Brooklyn-based Deana Lawson’s photographs could be the defining melody.


The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2023

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