Ayanna Dozier (Ph.D.) is a scholar, curator, and artist. Her art practice centers film (both motion picture and still), performance, and installation work. Her latest experimental short film, Softer (2020) was part of the official selection showcase in several 2020 Fall film festivals including Open City Documentary Festival and the Aesthetica Short Film Festival where it was the recipient of Best Experimental. She is currently working on an expanded cinema piece on testimony and reproductive justice entitled Content Warning (2021). Her Forthcoming film project, Cities of the Dead is an expanded cinema installation incorporating photography and architectural design to reimagine Solomon Riley’s “Negro Coney Island” for Hart Island and will premiere at The Shed as part of their Open Call exhibition in the summer of 2021. Following the conceptual artworks by prominent feminist artists of the genre, like Ana Mendieta, Adrian Piper, and Andrea Fraser, Dozier combines performance and discourse from her scholarly training to embody and challenge the records of history. She approaches history as a praxis, that is history not as verifiable fact but as a narrative enacted by others—gaining power through its enactment. This approach to history enables her to generate creative ways at viewing what is, what was, and what could be in the world.
She recently completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies from McGill University. Her dissertation, Mnemonic Aberrations traced the history of Black feminist experimental short film in the United States and the United Kingdom from 1968-Present. In that work, she constructs a new method for reading experimental films, specifically work that follows a Black feminist aesthetics. Select Publications include; Artforum, Performa, Another Gaze, and Non-Fiction. Her work has been exhibited at Westbeth Gallery, Evening Hours, and Anthology Film Archives. She is the author of The Velvet Rope as part of the 33 1/3 music series for Bloomsbury Academic Press. She is currently a lecturer at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Fordham University in the Department of Communication and Media Studies. She was a 2018-2019 Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Studies Program and a filmmaker in residence at MONO NO AWARE. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.