Jessica Bell Brown
JESSICA BELL BROWN is an art historian and writer based in Harlem.
DEANA LAWSONBy Jessica Bell Brown
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.