dana washington-queen
oet, Video Artist, Photographer


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exhibitions or video production services.

Em. atdanawashington@gmail.com

dana washington-queen (they/them/theirs) is a queer nonbinary poet, video artist, photographer, and educator using narrative storytelling to explore blackness, gender, embodied knowledge, and systems of power. Their research and practice bring documentary and experimental video production strategies into dialogue with Black feminist thought, feminist film theory, critical race theory, and queer studies. washington-queen is developing Black Noetic theory, a methodology for production to examine figurations of blackness and being (in the world) through intuitive modes of doing that pivot toward liberatory ends. They hold a MFA in Visual Arts from UC San Diego and a BA in English: Composition from California State University, Long Beach.

dana washington-queen has exhibited their work at Jeffrey Deitch Los Angeles; Springsteen Gallery in Maryland; Gallery at Calit2; Art+Practice Exhibition Space; San Diego Art Institute (now ICA San Diego). FIlm programs such as Black Radical Imagination: Fugitive Trajectories, Familiar Unknown: Mysticisms in the Present Future, The Afrofuture is Female, InLight: Richmond, and Lafayette Aniticipations x KALEIDOSCOPE. Festival selections from BlackStar Film Festival, Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival, DTLA Film Festival, Afrikana Independent Film Festival, Toronto Short Film Festival, Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival.

washington-queen is co-founder of Black Farm Studio House, a 501(c)(3) organization connecting art, agriculture and wellness through public programs, community engagement and resource sharing. Black Farm Studio House Co. supports artists, urban farmers, and advocates for the wellness of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and LGBTQIA+ folks.

News & Updates
Solo Exhibitions 
2022: Institute of Contemporary Art, Richmond, VA
2022: Visible Records, Charlottesville, VA

Group Exhibitions
May 2021-June 2021: Springsteen Gallery, Baltimore, MD
April 2021-June 2021: Gallery @ Calit2, UC San Diego
March 2021-May 2021: Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles, CA
October 2020: Anonymous Gallery, New York, NY

Upcoming Work
2022: Pivot - Art of Escape/Continuum of Spirit (in production). An art film that combines cinema, performance and motion-capture technology to interweave portraits of black life through an extension of author Kevin Young’s inquiry on the black art of escape.

2021: “Optica” edited by Arlene Mejorado and Jessy V. Castillo. Photo zine that spotlights the work of Black, Indigenous, womxn of color, and gender-non-conforming image-makers informed by a complex personhood and identity. Published by Este Archives https://estearchives.info/products/optica-2021

Publications as Author
2020: “An Entry Point Between Spaces: Concerning Permission” by dana washington-queen for Black Archives Editorial (vol. 001): Impulse to Collect.  https://www.blackarchives.co/

2020: “Circular Metafictions: what remains unbound is gathered.” UC San Diego. ProQuest ID: washingtonqueen_ucsd_0033M_19407. Merritt ID: ark:/13030/m5ft55mb. Retrieved from https://escholarship.org/uc/item/75m000f5

Awards & Grants
2020: Foundation of Contemporary Arts Ellsworth Kelly Award recipient with ICA at VCU. https://www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org/recipients/icavcu

2019: Best Experimental Film & Best Social Justice Short Film, DTLA Film Festival

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Visual art and literary portfolio
of dana washington-queen