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‘fashioning the black body in bondage & freedom’ gallery explores the intersections of slavery and fashion

February 9, 2017

The Weeksville Heritage Center is taking a deep dive into the intersections between fashion and slavery next month in New York City. The daylong conference begins with a tour of the center, a historic site in Brooklyn and the site of one of America’s first free black communities during the 19th century. Within this community, the residents established schools, churches and benevolent associations and were active in the abolitionist movement. Afterwards, artists Elizabeth Colomba, Nona Faustine, Ayana Jackson & Fabiola Jean-Louis use the topic of slavery and fashion as a springboard into a discussion about lived and imagined experiences, identity, representation, and politics, moderated by Jonathan Square. Other elements of the day include a hands-on, kid-friendly workshop exploring the textiles used for slaves’ clothing and a talk with author Dr. Monica Miller about her book “Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity” to close. This day is chock full of engaging, intriguing content and if you’re in NYC or the surrounding areas, be sure to RSVP via Eventbrite and make your way to Brooklyn on March 4th. And if not, look out for a recap of the event coming soon!

By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor

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