Fifth Exposure is a performance event and symposium that will feature presentations from scholars from universities and colleges around the US. The symposium will open with an evening event on May 5th and continue with a daylong conference on May 6th. The May 5th event will feature a site-specific installation art performance by Dell M. Hamilton, Tsedaye Makonnen, and Bryana Siobhan, of the group #BlackGirlLit. The women use natural materials, architecture, and their own bodies to construct a world of word and image, placing black women at the center of black subjectivity and artistic production. #BlackGirlLit will be a one-time only performance event.
Fifth Exposure, the symposium, will take place on Saturday, May 6th. The event will begin at 9 am and end at 6:30 pm. Members of the Dark Room will present their current research projects. Jacqueline Goldsby is the keynote speaker for Fifth Exposure. Goldsby is Professor of English and African American Studies at Yale University. Her book, A Spectacular Secret: Lynching in American Life and Literature, examines the public spectacle of lynching in the United States, not as a separate regional phenomenon of secrecy and seclusion, but as a unifying national structure of sight, violence, proximity, and racial participation.
Fifth Exposure will take place in Chapin Auditorium at Mount Holyoke College, and will be free and open to the public. We are especially interested in inviting area high schools to attend the #BlackGirlLit performance and will be reaching out to coordinate with local administrators.