Trans* poet, curator, and artist Duplan will present his poetry, performance, media and curatorial practice with the larger movement of Afrofuturist artistic practices, in conversation with the audience. Duplan is author of Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture and Take This Stallion.

Discussants: Eileen Isagon Skyers and Clayton Colmon (Cultural Studies, CGU & Associate Director of Instructional Design, Arts & Sciences Online Learning, University of Pennsylvania).

Music Playlist gathered by Clayton Colmon for AfroFutures: An Afternoon With Anaïs Duplan.

Afrofuturism-Selected Bibliography

Image caption: Thinh Nguyen, “Searching For Revolutionary,” 2019, Found umbrellas, 100 x 60 x 60 inches. Image courtesy of the artist. © Thinh Nguyen. CGU MFA.


Photo credit: Walid Mohanna

An Duplan

Anaïs Duplan is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. He is the author of a book of essays, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (Black Ocean, 2020), a full-length poetry collection, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016), and a chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017). He has taught poetry at the University of Iowa, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, and St. Joseph’s College.
His video works have been exhibited by Flux Factory, Daata Editions, the 13th Baltic Triennial in Lithuania, Mathew Gallery, NeueHouse, the Paseo Project, and will be exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in L.A in 2021.
As an independent curator, he has facilitated curatorial projects in Chicago, Boston, Santa Fe, and Reykjavík. He was a 2017-2019 joint Public Programs fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem. In 2016, he founded the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program for artists of color, based at Iowa City’s artist-run organization Public Space One. He works as Program Manager at Recess.