Shana sitting at her desk, hair pulled up.

Shana M. griffin

New Orleans, LA

Shana M. griffin is a feminist activist, independent researcher, applied sociologist, artist, and mother whose work engages history and memory as sites of resistance, rupture, and protest. Her practice is research-based and interdisciplinary, working across the fields of sociology, geography, Black feminist thought, digital humanities, and land-use planning and within movements challenging urban displacement, carcerality, reproductive control, climate impacts, and gender-based violence. She engages in research, organizing projects, and art practices that attend to the lived experiences of the Black diaspora, centering the particular experiences of Black women most vulnerable to the violence of poverty, incarceration, polluted environments, reproductive legislation, economic exploitation, and housing discrimination. griffin is the founder of PUNCTUATE, a feminist research, art, and activist initiative foregrounding the embodied aesthetics and practices of Black feminist thought. She currently serves as the Interim Executive Director of Antenna, a multidisciplinary visual and literary arts organization. griffinis the co-founder of Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative, the first community land trust in New Orleans, and co-produced Sooner or Later, Somebody’s Gonna Fight Back, a documentary and multimedia project on the Louisiana State Chapter of the Black Panther Party.

 

Photo by Zora White

DISPLACED


Shana M. griffin is a feminist activist, independent researcher, applied sociologist, artist, and mother whose work engages history and memory as sites of resistance, rupture, and protest.

Artist Bio

Through interactive multimedia like a digital atlas and archive, DISPLACED uses public history to chronicle the formation and institutionalization of racialized violence in housing policies, residential segregation, land-use planning, and urban development in New Orleans. Beginning with the formation of the city and its cartographies of violence, racial slavery, and Indigenous genocide, Shana M. griffin uses the DISPLACED project to illustrate historical and contemporary forms of development and the property value of white social identity through policies of divestment, social exclusion, and the privatization of public services.


Award Year
2021
Status

In Progress