Big Ideas: Legacy Russell


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Thu 26 Sep, 6.30pm

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Big Ideas: Legacy Russell

Join leading writer and curator Legacy Russell, in conversation with writer and photographer Caleb Azumah Nelson as they explore her latest book, which unpacks the “meme” as mapped to Black visual culture from 1900 to the present. 
In BLACK MEME, Russell argues that without the contributions of Black people, digital culture would not exist in its current form. These meditations span from early cinema and the circulation of lynching postcards to contemporary media representation of Blackness, such as the citizen-recorded footage of the LAPD beating Rodney King which became the first viral video. 

Supported by the Stanley Picker Trust.

About Legacy Russell

Legacy Russell is a curator and writer. Born and raised in New York City, she is the Executive Director & Chief Curator of the experimental arts institution The Kitchen.

Formerly she was the Associate Curator of Exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Russell holds an MRes with Distinction in Art History from Goldsmiths, University of London with a focus in Visual Culture. Her academic, curatorial, and creative work focuses on gender, performance, digital selfdom, internet idolatry, and new media ritual. Russell’s written work, interviews, and essays have been published internationally.

She is the recipient of the Thoma Foundation 2019 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art, a 2020 Rauschenberg Residency Fellow, a recipient of the 2021 Creative Capital Award, a 2022 Pompeii Commitment Digital Fellow, a 2023 Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellow, and a 2024-25 Lunder Institute for American Art Fellow. Her first book is Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto (2020). Her second book is BLACK MEME (2024).

About Caleb Azumah Nelson

Caleb Azumah Nelson is a British-Ghanaian writer and photographer living in South East London. His first novel, OPEN WATER, won the Costa First Novel Award and Debut of the Year at the British Book Awards, and was a number-one Times bestseller. It was also shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, Waterstones Book of the Year, and longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize. He was selected as a National Book Foundation ‘5 under 35’ honoree by Brit Bennett.