The Afrolantica art exhibition centers the narratives of fugitive slaves in Virginia which include necessary speculation to supplement the missing citations of maroon life, fugitivity, and antiblack terror. In the afterlife of slavery (Hartman), we conject the horrors of chattel slavery just as much as we can confirm them. Because we have to. No archive, no future. No evidence, no crime. No mother, no-body. The space between what is absolutely confirmed and what is absolute knowing in the afterlife of slavery is filled by what antiblackness leaves us with – our deadly imaginations.

This exhibition will close at 8PM on Friday February 2, 2024.

Artist/ Fellow Biography

Hunter Shackelford (they) is a Black multidisciplinary artist, independent scholar, death worker, and bioethicist based in the DMV. Hunter is a contemporary writer and mixed media painter known for using incendiary motifs of Blackness, gender, fatness, and death. Their work

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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