Nina Cramer

Nina Cramer

PhD fellow

I am affiliated with ‘The Art of Nordic Colonialism’ as a PhD student. As part of my PhD project, I am writing about the aesthetic and political work of contemporary African diasporic artists based in the Nordic region, with an emphasis on those belonging to the generations of trans, nonbinary, women and queer artists active from the 1990s until the present. This entails acknowledging how these artists approach conditions of modernity/coloniality, historical and ongoing forms of antiblack racism, and Nordic exceptionalism. 

In this project, I primarily foreground textile, video and performance artworks that engage with questions of kinship, redress, and the hyper- and invisibility of blackness. I am also interested in the material conditions of African diasporic artists’ labor in the Nordic countries as well as the curatorial framings and reception histories associated with their work. My dissertation is an attempt to place Nordic African diasporic aesthetics in dialogue with other transnational debates in afrofeminist and black feminist art theory, queer of color critique, the politics of translation, and performance studies.

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