While the writer and curator’s book Glitch Feminism, released last year, continues as a much-cited source on the emancipatory potential of the digital realm, Russell remains a savvy connector and synthesiser of contemporary ideas. She began the year as an associate curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, working, while it remained closed for renovations, on its public programme InHarlem, including an installation of a Thomas Price sculpture in Marcus Garvey Park. Meanwhile, an online exhibition put together for last year’s Performa was exhibited at Kunsthall Stavanger this year, and she staged discussions with artists including Lynn Hershman Leeson and Maria Gaspar. In the autumn, Russell made the shift to become director and chief curator of The Kitchen, New York’s long-running nonprofit space for exploring new media. While her programme there has yet to kick in, she’s working on a second book as part of a long-term research project around the notion of the black meme.
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