Delano Dunn


My practice is an ongoing investigation into the history of Blacks in America, deeply rooted in an agglomeration of chronologically parallel histories. I knit together American events which, in our mainstream narratives, are often remembered in isolation from one another, creating a new context within which we understand our histories as not unrelated happenings, but as a singular and intersectional history. I unite a multitude of historical perspectives, narratives, and discourses into singular multi-layered compositions with the intention of highlighting both the false narratives and false promises of ‘freedom’ for Black people in America. Within this exploration of post-Emancipation, the work both embraces and subversively challenges the idea of a ‘Black Utopia’—a time, place, and space in which America is an equitable and safe space for Black people.