underwaters (we is ready, we is ready), taisha paggett’s durational 2014 Whitney Biennial performance, was largely overlooked amidst the controversy over the lack of representation of Black female artists in the show. paggett’s process and performative installation challenge institutional forms of knowledge that shape the viewing of Black performance within the white cube. Her project makes space and place (both imaginative and material) for Black(female)ness in the art world.

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