Charlena M Wynn | Gibney
Week of December 7, 2019
Making space for
Charlena Wynn

Charlena M. Wynn

Charlena M. Wynn is an artist, graduate student, and scholar from the Southern United States, interested in African Diaspora art and Afrofuturism as a method of decolonizing modernist curatorial and art education practices. Born and raised in North Carolina, they are deeply connected to their southern identity as a Black queer artist and use these experiences in their artwork. In a world where Black, queer, fat, and disabled bodies are not valued, Charlena M. Wynn is informed by Afrofuturist philosophy, not only as a cultural aesthetic but philosophy of history informed by African Diasporic epistemologies. After studying Afrofuturism as a literary practice, they became interested in the ways that Afrofuturism or what is considered today as the Black Speculative Arts Movement could be used as a way for dismantling white supremacy and envisioning futures for all bodies.