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African American Artists Animate Dolls — UNIMA-USA

This presentation explores the work of three African American artists who maintained doll blogs and animated their dolls briefly video narratives between 2010 and 2015. Though puppetry normally excludes dolls on the grounds that dolls are ostensibly for static show or personal play whereas puppets are animated in performances earlier than an viewers, these movies are vital as situations of African American object efficiency. 

By specializing in grownup girls of coloration who not solely acquire, but additionally play with dolls, this evaluation extends girlhood research, which, as a sub-discipline of gender research has approached doll play from historic, anthropological, and psychological views (Bernstein 2011, Chin 1999, Forman-Brunell 2012). 

By contemplating YouTube as a platform the place tens if not tons of of 1000’s of women and girls produce, disseminate, and look at visible narratives utilizing dolls to characterize myriad fictional worlds, this presentation additionally addresses a big physique of labor that movie research students have basically ignored. 

Lastly reviewing this physique of labor gives a mannequin of how puppeteers can join with audiences at a time when the way forward for dwell theater is unsure.

Free and open to the general public.  To Register:

Contact e-mail:  rhonda.patrick@emory.edub
Rhonda Patrick)



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