Hannah Black

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Hannah Black
Born Manchester, London, England
Nationality British
Education Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, 2014
Goldsmiths, University of London, (MFA) 2013
Alma mater University of London
Known for Film, video, art and writing
Notable work Dark Pool Party
Style Mixed media artist
Website Vimeo accountTwitter account

Hannah Black is a conceptual visual artist and writer. Her work spans video, text and performance and draws on communist, feminist, and afropessimist theory, autobiographical fragments, and pop music.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Black was born in Manchester, England. She currently lives in Berlin, Germany, but mostly works in London and New York City.[3]


In 2013, Black received a Masters of Fine Arts in Art Writing from the public research institution Goldsmiths College, University of London.[4] From 2013-2014, she lived in New York City where she was a studio participant in the Whitney Independent Study Program.[4] According to Hatty Nestor in Art in America, "Hannah Black’s practice deals primarily with issues of global capitalism, feminist theory, the body and sociopolitical spaces of control."[5] She is represented by the London gallery Arcadia Missa.[6]

In 2014, Black was a contributing editor to the New York-based magazine, The New Inquiry.[3]

In 2016, Black's first collection of writing titled Dark Pool Party was published. The book consists of seven texts "that blur the lines of fiction, nonfiction, cultural criticism, critique, and poetry."[7][8][9]

In March 2017, Black posted an open letter to the curators of the Whitney Biennial to her Facebook page in response to the painting Open Casket by American artist Dana Schutz.[10] Black's letter advocated for the removal of the painting with the additional "urgent recommendation" that it be destroyed.[10] Black's letter became the focus of an ensuing debate around race, representation, and notions of free speech that "split the art world."[11] The controversy received international attention in both mainstream and art media.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18]

Partial exhibition history[edit]

Solo/duo exhibitions[edit]

  • Some Context, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2017)[19]
  • Small Room, mumok, Vienna (2017)[20]
  • Soc or Barb, Bodega, New York (2017)[21]
  • Paris Internationale (with Amalia Ulman), Arcadia Missa, Paris (2016)[22]
  • Screens Series: Hannah Black, New Museum Theater, New York (2016)[23]
  • Credits, Big Screen Commission Focal Point Gallery, Southend-On-Sea (2016)
  • Hannah Black & Letitia Beatriz, Transmission, Glasgow (2016)
  • Credits, Lisa Cooley, New York (2016)
  • Not You, Arcadia Missa, London (2015)
  • Intensive Care, Legion TV, London (2013)

Group exhibitions[edit]

  • If you want to do something, forget this debt, and remember it later, Celaya Brothers Gallery, Mexico City (2017)[24]
  • Being There, Vilma Gold, London (2016)[25]
  • The world no longer exists, *kurator, Rapperswil (2016)[26]
  • No! I Am No Singular Instrument, Various Small Fires, Los Angeles (2016)[27]
  • The fraud that goes under the name of love, Audain, Vancouver (2016)[28]
  • WELT AM DRAHT, Julia Stoschek Collection Berlin, Berlin (2016)
  • Open Source, Gillett Square, London (2016)[29]
  • On Limits: Estrangement in the Everyday, The Kitchen, New York (2016)[30]
  • Reena’s Bedstuy Glove Affair, offsite, New York (2016)
  • Ways of Living, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2016)[31]
  • Active Ingredient, Lisa Cooley, New York (2016)
  • In the Flesh Part 2, Gallery Diet, Miami (2016)
  • 500 boxes of contraband, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow (2016)
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Yarat Contemporary Art Centre, Baku (2015)[32]
  • Workland: The Fence Is A Narrow Place, Chateau Shatto, Los Angeles (2015)[33]
  • Does Not Equal, W139, Amsterdam (2015)[34]
  • Girls of the Internet Museum, Sala Luis Miro Quesada Garland, Lima (2015)


  • OR LIFE OR, performance in collaboration with Bonaventure and Ebba Fransén Waldhör, MoMA PS1, New York (2017)[35][36][37]
  • Screen: Hannah Black, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2017)[38]
  • APOCALYPTIC THINKING WITH HANNAH BLACK AND EVAN CALDER WILLIAMS, Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, New York (2016)[39]
  • Anxietina, performance with Bonaventure, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2016)[40]
  • Capacity, This is Public Space, Up Projects, London (2016)
  • Finding the Body: The Last Transgression?, Central Saint Martins, London (2016)
  • What Time Is It on the Clock of the World?, Stadtkuratorin Hamburg, Hamburg (2016)
  • Recognizing, Imagining, Relation, Hester, New York (2016)
  • Blackness in Circulation, Open Score, New Museum, New York (2016)
  • Edition, Toronto (2016)
  • YES SCREAMING NO, The One Minutes, Intersections, ArtRotterdam, NL (2015)
  • Perspectives, Framer Framed, Amsterdam (2015)
  • Fall of Communism, Image Festival winner, Overkill Award, Toronto (2015)
  • Canon Today, TZK Gala Conference, Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Berlin (2015)
  • In conversation with Andrea Crespo, Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, New York (2015)
  • 7 on 7, New Museum, New York (2015)
  • Biocode, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2015)
  • Projections Program C, New York Film Festival, New York (2015)
  • Screening #1 London, Schwarzwallee, Basel
  • Total Body Conditioning, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2014)
  • City Built At Night, Rematerialising Feminism, Arcadia Missa, London (2014)
  • Columbine Library, Societe, with Bunny Rogers, Berlin (2014)

Partial bibliography[edit]




  1. ^ "The Kitchen: A night with The New Inquiry". thekitchen.org. Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
  2. ^ "An interview with Hannah Black". atractivoquenobello. 2014-06-26. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  3. ^ a b Hurr, Hannah (May 2015). "Interview with Artist and Writer Hannah Black". The Mask Magazine (16). Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Contemporary Art Talks: Hannah Black". Goldsmith University. University of London. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Nestor, Hatty (27 January 2016). "Hannah Black - Reviews". www.artinamericamagazine.com. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Hannah Black | Arcadia Missa". arcadiamissa.com. Retrieved 2017-04-09. 
  7. ^ "Dark Pool Party by Hannah Black". ENTROPY. Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
  8. ^ "This is a dark pool party". Rhizome. Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
  9. ^ "Dark Pool Party, Hannah Black, Dominica/Arcadia Missa". www.mottodistribution.com. Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
  10. ^ a b c Kennedy, Randy. "White Artist's Painting of Emmett Till at Whitney Biennial Draws Protests". New York Times. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Smith, Roberta (2017-03-27). "Should Art That Infuriates Be Removed?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  12. ^ Basciano, Oliver (2017-03-21). "Whitney Biennial: Emmett Till casket painting by white artist sparks anger". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  13. ^ Helmore, Edward (2017-04-02). "The painting that has reopened wounds of American racism". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  14. ^ "'The Painting Must Go': Hannah Black Pens Open Letter to the Whitney About Controversial Biennial Work | ARTnews". www.artnews.com. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  15. ^ Frank, Priscilla (2017-03-21). "White Artist's Emmett Till Painting Incites Anger At Whitney Biennial". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  16. ^ Blay, Zeba (2017-03-22). "When White People Profit Off Of Black Pain". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  17. ^ Frank, Priscilla (2017-03-23). "A White Artist's Painting Of Emmett Till Sparks Protest, Controversy And A Viral Hoax". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  18. ^ Eckardt, Stephanie. ""The Painting Must Go": The Protests and Reactions to Dana Schutz's Painting of Emmett Till in the 2017 Whitney Biennial". W Magazine. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  19. ^ "Hannah Black". chisenhale.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 
  20. ^ "Hannah Black". www.mumok.at. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  21. ^ "Bodega". bodega-us.org. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  22. ^ "Paris Internationale 2016, Arcadia Missa". Arcadia Missa. Retrieved 2018-04-08. 
  23. ^ "Screens Series: Hannah Black". www.newmuseum.org. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  24. ^ "If you want to do something, forget this debt, and remember it later - Celaya Brothers Gallery". www.celayabrothersgallery.com. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  25. ^ "Vilma Gold – Being There". vilmagold.com. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  26. ^ www.kurator.ch. "kurator.ch » The world no longer exists". www.kurator.ch (in German). Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  27. ^ "No! I am No Singular Instrument - Various Small Fires, Los Angeles". Various Small Fires, Los Angeles. 2016-05-24. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  28. ^ "The Fraud - SFU Galleries - Simon Fraser University". www.sfu.ca. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  29. ^ "OPEN SOURCE is a contemporary arts festival". OPEN SOURCE. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  30. ^ "The Kitchen: On Limits: Estrangement in the Everyday". thekitchen.org. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  31. ^ "Exhibition: Curators' Series #9. Ways of Living. By Arcadia Missa (15 Apr – 23 Jul 2016) | DRAF – David Roberts Art Foundation". DRAF – David Roberts Art Foundation. 2015-11-13. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  32. ^ "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter | Yarat Contemporary Art Space | Artsy". www.artsy.net. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  33. ^ "Workland: the fence is a narrow place | Chateau Shatto". chateaushatto.com. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  34. ^ "W139 - Does Not Equal". w139.nl. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  35. ^ "Hannah Black's Performance "OR LIFE OR" at MoMA PS1". artnet News. 2017-04-11. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  36. ^ "Hannah Black, OR LIFE OR | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  37. ^ "Role Play: At MoMA PS1, Hannah Black Alights as Artist and Heroine | ARTnews". www.artnews.com. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  38. ^ "SCREEN: Hannah Black". The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  39. ^ "Conversation | Apocalyptic Thinking with Hannah Black and Evan Calder Williams | Swiss Institute". www.swissinstitute.net. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  40. ^ "ANXIETINA: A performance by Hannah Black and Bonaventure". www.ica.art. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  41. ^ "Averting the end of the world: Hannah Black + Juliana Huxtable's LIFE book release + opening at Mumok, Mar 16". atractivoquenobello. 2017-03-16. Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
  42. ^ "DOMINICA". dominicapublishing.com. Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
  43. ^ Black, Hannah. "Coming to Terms". Bookforum. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  44. ^ "Tank Magazine". Tank Magazine. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  45. ^ Black, Hannah. "THE IDENTITY ARTIST AND THE IDENTITY CRITIC by Hannah Black". artforum.com. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  46. ^ Black, Hannah (2016-03-01). "A Kind of Grace". Harper's Magazine. ISSN 0017-789X. Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
  47. ^ Black, Hannah. "Hannah Black on the 9th Berlin Biennale". artforum.com. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  48. ^ https://www.textezurkunst.de/98/social-life/
  49. ^ https://thenewinquiry.com/essays/crazy-in-love/
  50. ^ https://thenewinquiry.com/essays/the-loves-of-others/
  51. ^ Black, Hannah (2014-05-13). "My Gay Shame, or, How Patriarchy Stole Sex". The New Inquiry. 

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