Building ecosystems and transparency in the art world

As the former founding member of The Black Aesthetic, a curatorial collective, Ryanaustin’s practice is concerned with how 20th and 21st century experimental performance, film, and writing histories are shaped by the metaphysics of blackness.

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Ryanaustin Dennis (he/they) is an Oakland based curator/artist/writer/cultural strategist. As the former founding member of The Black Aesthetic, a curatorial collective, their practice is concerned with how 20th and 21st century experimental performance, film, and writing histories are shaped by the metaphysics of blackness. They have done curatorial work for E.M. Wolfman Bookstore, Kadist, SFMOMA Open Space, Eastside Arts Alliance, Betti Ono, Soundwave Biennial, and is a Southern Exposure Curatorial Council Fellow. They currently co-curate the Black Life series at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and is a co-founder of a small press, Pro Arts Community Press at Pro Arts Gallery and Commons.

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