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

DISPLACED is a multimedia feminist and public history project tracing the geographies of Black displacement, dislocation, confinement, and disposability in land-use planning, housing policy, and urban development through the employment of an interactive website and visual timeline, a digital and print-based atlas, an exhibition, and multi-use space. Through the interdisciplinary practice of artist Shana M. griffin, DISPLACED illustrates historical and contemporary forms of property-led development and the property value of white social identity. Beginning with the formation of New Orleans and its cartographies of violence, racial slavery, and settler colonialism, DISPLACED documents policies of disposability, divestment, slum clearance, urban renewal, and the privatization of public services—narrating the spatialization of race and gender in land use planning and development, while foregrounding moments of Black refusal, protest, and spatial reconfigurations.


Award Year
2021
Status

In Progress

Shana sitting at her desk, hair pulled up.

Shana M. griffin

New Orleans, LA

Shana M. griffin is a feminist activist, researcher, sociologist, artist, abolitionist, and mother whose work engages history and memory as sites of resistance, rupture, and protest. Her practice is interdisciplinary, research-based, activist-centered, and decolonial—existing 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 decolonial practices that attend to the lived experiences of the Black Diaspora, centering on the particular experiences of Black women most vulnerable to the violence of poverty, incarceration, polluted environments, reproductive legislation, economic exploitation, housing discrimination, and climate change.

Griffin is the founder of PUNCTUATE, a feminist research, art, and activist initiative addressing the intersecting forms of everyday violence and subjectivity Black women experience; and creator of DISPLACED, a multimedia feminist and public history project tracing the geographies of Black displacement, dislocation, and containment, and its accompanying exhibition project DISPLACING Blackness. Griffin is also 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.

Griffin holds a Master of Arts in Sociology and two Bachelors of Arts degrees in History and Sociology.

 

Photo by Zora White