Seeing Black Futures

‘Ntozakhe II, Parktown, 2016’ Zanele Muholi.

Courtesy of the artist; Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York; and Stevenson Cape Town/Johannesburg.

Jenna Wortham and Kimberly Drew come together to discuss the current state of Black art-- and its potential to flourish imaginative futures. This piece in The New York Times is adapted from the duo's new book, “Black Futures,” to be released in December, 2020, by One World, an imprint of Random House. The publication stems from Wortham and Drew’s attempt to document Black life as it happens in the now, while bearing witness to the active revision of history.

“We know that one book can’t begin to capture everything about Black life, but we also know that too much has already been lost. Our effort goes beyond whom or what we should remember, but how we might begin the work of resisting being forgotten.”