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Black Lunch Table
@ Magnum Foundation
When and Where
Date:Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time:1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Address:Magnum Foundation
59 East 4th Street, 7W, New York, NY 10003

The Black Lunch Table (BLT) project will host an edit-a-thon focusing on important women-identifying photographers of the African Diaspora from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Magnum Foundation, 59 East 4th Street, 7W, New York, NY 10003. A training session will be held at the beginning, but help is available throughout the event. This event is free.

Photographer Zalika Azim will be taking free portraits for Wikipedia in our Black Lunch Table photo booth!

Please bring your laptop and a friend! The more, the merrier! Snacks provided.

Event description[edit]

The Black Lunch Table (BLT) project will host a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to teach, create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives and works of women identifying photographers from the African Diaspora, Black artists featured in the Magnum Foundation programming and related subjects. Together we will create historical documents that respond to the urgent need for a reconstruction of the art historical record.

All are invited, with no specialized knowledge of the subject or Wikipedia editing experience required. A brief overview of the basics of Wikipedia editing will be given at the start of the edit-a-thon. Please bring a laptop and a friend!

History of The Black Lunch Table[edit]

The Black Lunch Table (BLT) is an ongoing collaboration between artists Jina Valentine (Fishantena (talk)) and Heather Hart (Heathart (talk)) which intends to fill holes in the documentation of contemporary art history. In its 10 year existence, the BLT has taken a variety of forms relating to this most recent iteration, in the form of the Wikipedia edit-a-thon. BLT’s aim is the production of discursive sites (at literal and metaphorical lunch tables), wherein cultural producers of color engage in critical dialogue on topics directly affecting our communities. They endeavor to create spaces, online and off, mirroring the activity and creativity present in sites where Blackness and Art are performed.

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About the Magnum Foundation[edit]

The Magnum Foundation is a nonprofit organization that expands creativity and diversity in documentary photography, activating new audiences and ideas through the innovative use of images. Through grantmaking and mentorship, Magnum Foundation supports a global network of social justice and human rights-focused photographers and experiments with new models for storytelling.

More here.

About Zalika Azim[edit]

Zalika Azim is a New York-based conceptual artist, archivist and curator. Conceptualizing her practice predominantly through photography, Zalika works in installation, performance, collage and sound to investigate the complexities of history, memory, locality and the body as they relate to the construction of personal and collective narratives.

A graduate from the New York University, Zalika holds a BFA in Photography and Imaging from the Tisch School of the Arts and a BA in Social and Cultural Analysis focused in Africana, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Zalika is currently works at the Studio Museum in Harlem and as a Teaching Artist with Aperture Foundation's youth program On-Sight.

More here.

Event details[edit]

  • Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
  • Location: Magnum Foundation
    59 East 4th Street, 7W, New York, NY 10003
  • Who should attend: Artists, historians, students, photographers, teachers, writers, journalists, curators, visitors, the curious...
    • Experienced or new Wikipedians (We will provide assistance with Wikipedia formatting and syntax)
  • What to Bring: Your laptop and a friend!
  • Hashtag: #BlackLunchTable #magnumfoundation
  • Etherpad: BlackLunchTable - live doc to keep track of what we are all working on
  • Training: Black Lunch Table Wikipedia Presentation


  • Presentation / overview
  • Editing time
  • Goals: Create user account (if new to Wikipedia), create user page with at least one sentence, sign up for editathon on this Wikipedia Meetup page, make at least one edit to a Wikipedia page
  • For more information about ongoing scheduled meetups see Black Lunch Table Meetup page

Uploading photos[edit]

Possible articles to edit[edit]

Suggested artist pages for revision and/or creation! This event-specific list focuses on important New York area visual artists of the African Diaspora who are under-represented on Wikipedia. Please add a name if you know someone appropriate who needs a page or needs editing. Please do not add an artist who has a substantial page. We are trying to create new pages and beef up under-represented ones. Etherpad: BlackLunchTable - List the article you're working on in this live doc to keep track and avoid duplicate work! These articles are suggested, be sure they qualify according to Wikipedia's NOTABILITY guidlines before you create a new page. Thanks!

You can suggest artists here who fit our scope but are missing from our table below:

Photographers of the African diaspora who are woman-identifying[edit]

This list is automatically generated from data in Wikidata and is periodically updated by Listeriabot.
Edits made within the list area will be removed on the next update!

Article Place of birth Residence
Ana Mendieta Havana Havana
Ayana V. Jackson Livingston
Berni Searle Cape Town
Beth Lesser New York Toronto
New York
Carla Williams Los Angeles
Carole Byard Atlantic City Atlantic City
New York City
Petersburg, New Jersey
Carrie Mae Weems Portland Syracuse
Chandra McCormick
Christie Neptune Brooklyn
Christina Leslie Toronto
Clarissa Sligh Washington, D.C. Asheville
Collette V. Fournier New York City
Coreen Simpson New York City
Deborah Willis Philadelphia
Donnette Zacca Kingston
Elizabeth Axtman New York City
Endia Beal North Carolina
Erika DeFreitas Toronto Toronto
Esther Anderson Highgate, Jamaica
Fatimah Tuggar Kaduna
Iyabo Kwayana Guyana
Jacqueline Bishop Kingston
Jasmine Murrell Brooklyn
June Clark Harlem Toronto
Kearra Amaya Gopee Trinidad and Tobago
Khadija Saye London
LaToya Ruby Frazier Braddock Chicago
New Brunswick
New York City
Linda Day Clark
Lorna Simpson Brooklyn
Lorraine O'Grady Boston
Marilyn Nance New York City
Megan Morgan Paget Parish
Melinda Mollineaux London Trinidad
Mickalene Thomas Camden
Mildred Thompson Jacksonville
Ming Smith Detroit
Naima Green Philadelphia
Nandipha Mntambo Mbabane
Neo Ntsoma Mahikeng Johannesburg
Noelle Théard El Paso New York City
El Paso
University Park
Nontsikelelo Veleko
Pat Ward Williams
Renée Cox Jamaica New York City
Roshini Kempadoo Crawley Georgetown
Salimah Ali Harlem New York City
Sonia Boyce London London
Stella Fakiyesi Nigeria Toronto
Thandiwe Msebenzi Cape Town
Tiffany Smith Nassau
Tracey Moffatt Brisbane
Xaviera Simmons New York City
Zanele Muholi Umlazi Umlazi
End of auto-generated list.

Wikipedia editing resources[edit]

Where to start...
  1. Rules on Visual Art, Murals, Graffiti and Sculpture are different!
  2. Follow instructions to upload your images here...
  • Create or update Wikidata!
Wikidata is central storage for the structured data of its Wikimedia sister projects including Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, Wikisource, and others.
  1. Go to Wikidata
  2. Read Wikidata's Introduction!
  3. Search for the person or subject
  4. If none exists, you can 'Create a new item'
  5. Look at another similar item to follow format... for example human female instead of female animal.
  6. To add a field, click 'Add Statement'
Wikidata + AuthorityControl
  • Create or update Authority Control!
Update Wikidata using Virtual International Authority File (
  1. Go to
  2. Search for person (last name, first name)
  3. At bottom of page, where it says History of VIAF, expand section. See Werner Herzog example
  4. Add each listed Authority to Wikidata if its info is not already populated in Wikidata
  5. Add {{Authority control}} after External links section above Categories
  6. Refresh Wikipedia page
  • Click here for many more editing resources


Extended content
Alphabetical by first letter

denotes Infobox added 

Pages improved

Pages created
Sandbox articles started
Wikidata items improved

Wikidata items created
Wikimedia Commons images uploaded


Extended content
Outreach Dashboard
  • Articles Created:
  • Articles Edited:
  • Total Edits:
  • Editors:
  • Words Added:
  • Article Views:
  • Commons Uploads:


External links[edit]


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