PhD Candidate, Geography | Queen
Mary, University of London, London, UK 

MA, Research Architecture, 2019 | Center for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK | Pass with Distinction

BA, Anthropology & Visual Arts, 2010 | Columbia University, New York, NY, US | Dean’s List

Major Projects

(2019–2022) Unraveling Industry, Creator | An interactive digital platform that follows the flow of oil from wetland wells to upriver petrochemical plants through a single pipeline. In mapping fossil fuel infrastructure in Louisiana by company for the first time, the platform reveals corporate responsibility for environmental destruction and articulates a demand for corporate accountability and reparations.

(2018) Fossil Free Fest, Creator and Artistic Director, New Orleans, LA, USA | A biennial gathering around art, music, films, food, and difficult conversations about the ethics and complexities of funding art, education, and science with fossil fuel philanthropy.

(2014-2018) Blights Out, Co-Founder and Artistic Director, New Orleans, LA, USA | a collective of artists, activists, and architects who worked to demystify and democratize development in post-Katrina New Orleans between 2014 and 2018.

(2011-2018) Occupy Museums, Member, New York, NY, USA | An artist-activist collective that organized actions, interventions, and projects to challenge the commodification of art and culture.

(2012-2018) Debtfair, Co-Organizer, various locations | An iteral exhibition and organizing platform by Occupy Museums that exposes the layers of financial extraction within the walls of art institutions within capitalism.


Forensic Architecture, London, UK.
Research Fellow | Advanced architectural researcher on issues of racial and ecological justice and the spatial logics of colonialism. (2022–Present)

Royal College of Art, London, UK. 
Associate Lecturer, MA Architecture | Co-leading an Architectural Design Studio (ADS 8) on colonialism and ecological justice. (2022–2024)

Visiting Lecturer, MA Environmental Architecture | Studio tutor and lecturer on environmental justice. (2019–2020)

Antenna, New Orleans, LA, US.
Director of Programs | Directed Antenna’s public programming, including Signals quarterly “live arts magazine”; Platforms Fund grantmaking program; Spillways Artist-in-Residence program; Fossil Free Fest; and more. (2016–2018)

Solitary Gardens, New Orleans, LA, US.
Project / Publication Manager | Imagined by artist Jackie sumell, garden beds designed after 6’x9’ solitary cells serve as a physical platform for collaboration, education, and commiseration between persons subjected to indefinite solitary confinement and volunteers on the “outside”. concept, design, publication management of The House That Herman Built, 3rd Ed., Merz & Solitude, Pub. April 2015. (2015– 2016)

Prospect New Orleans / U.S. Biennial, Inc., New Orleans, LA, US.
Curatorial Associate and Manager of Publications | Assisted with the conception and implementation of Prospect.3: Notes for Now, the third iteration of the largest international biennial of contemporary art in the United States, featuring 58 artist projects in 18 venues throughout New Orleans. (2014–2015)

Judd Foundation, New York, NY, US.
Executive Assistant, Board Liaison, and Press Assistant | Assisted the Foundation through the historic restoration and public opening of 101 Spring Street, the permanently-installed SoHo home and studio of Donald Judd. (2010–2013)

Healthy Gulf, New Orleans, LA, US.
Oil and Gas Accountability Campaign Manager | Led the organization’s efforts to hold the oil and gas industry accountable for environmental degradation in Louisiana’s wetlands. Founded and led the organization’s street canvass fundraising team. (2009– 2009)

Artistic Practice

(2024.06.27–12.08) What remains at the ends of the earth?, in Displacement, MassArt, Boston, MA, US

(2024.06.22–08.31) Gulf, on view at Storefront for Art & Architecture, New York, NY, US

(2024.05.31–07.21) What remains at the ends of the earth?, in Wade, VisArts, Rockville, MD, US

(2024.04–2025.01) The holes in the earth mirror the holes in our souls (and from them we can grow trees), in Seeing through Stone, University of California–Santa Cruz Institute of Arts and Sciences, Santa Cruz, CA, US

(2023.08–2024.01) The holes in the earth mirror the holes in our souls (and from them we can grow trees), in Unsettling Matter, Gaining Ground, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, US

(2023) What remains at the ends of the earth?, in Dear Earth: Art and Hope in a Time of Crisis, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London, UK

(2022) What remains at the ends of the earth? in Still Present! curated by Kader Attia, 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE

(2021–2022) Forensic Architecture: Cloud Studies, VISUALCarlow, Carlow, IR

(2021)Forensic Architecture: If toxic air is a monument to slavery, how do we take it down?, in Sensing the Planet / Black Atlantic, Serpentine Gallery, Dartington, UK

(2021) Forensic Architecture: Cloud Studies, Whitworth Museum, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

(2020.11-2021.01) Will the River re-member the land we lost? in Imagining De-Gentrified Futures, Apex Art, New York, NY, US

(2019.09-2020.10) The Remote Sensation of Disintegration in Mississippi: An Anthropocene River, Haus der Kulteren der Welt, Berlin, DE

(2019.03-2019.09) Forensic Architecture, in “Plastcity of the Planet”, Ujazdowski Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, PL

(2017.10-2018.01) Gotong Royong: Things we do together, Zamek Ujazdowski Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, PL

(2017.03-06) Occupy Museums: Debtfair, in 2017 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, US

(2016.02-05) Occupy Museums: Debtfair, in Making Use: Life in Postartistic Times, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, PL

(2016.06-08) Occupy Museums: Debtfair, in Precarious: Contingency in Artmaking and Academia, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, US

(2016.02-2016.08) Occupy Museums, in Agitprop, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

(2015.11-2016.01) Occupy Museums: Debtfair, Art League Houston, Houston, TX, US

(2014.10-12) Occupy Museums: Debtfair, in Work It Out, Momenta Art, New York, NY, US

(2014.09.09) Occupy Museums: Ritual Re-Branding of the David H. Koch Plaza on the Day of its Dedication, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, US | An Occupy Museums durational ritual cleansing and rebranding of the formerly-public plaza bought by David Koch at the Met Museum.

(2013.08) Occupy Museums: Debtfair, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY, US

(2013-2014) Winter Holiday Camp, Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, PL. Accepted into CCA permanent collection Dec. 2013.

(2012.09-12) Occupy Museums: 7 Billion Bloombergs, Momenta Art, Bushwick, NY, US

Awards, Residencies, Fellowships

Black Women, Green Future Award (2021)
Economic Inequality Fellow, Open Society Foundations, 2019
AFIELD Fellow, Council (for Fossil Free Fest), 2019
New Architecture Writers, The Architectural Foundation, 2019
Goldsmiths International Postgraduate Scholarship, 2018
Grist 50 2018
Artist-in-Residence, Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin County, CA, US, 2018
Artist-in-Residence, The Luminary Arts, St. Louis, MO, US, 2018
Artist-in-Residence, AIR Laboratory, Zamek Ujazdowski Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, PL, 2017
Fellow, British Council, Future Leaders Connect, 2017
Fellow, Salzburg Global Seminar, Young Cultural Innovators, 2016

Selected Presentations

(2023.04) Guest Lecturer, GSAPP, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

(2023.04) Guest Lecturer, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA

(2023.04) Guest Lecturer, “Sensing Cosmologies Beyond Extractivism,” Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA

(2023.02) Guest Lecturer, “Imagining Otherwise with Imani Jacqueline Brown”, Architectural Association, London, UK

(2023.02) Guest Lecturer, Future Present Symposium, MS Computational Design, Columbia University Graduate Schol of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), New York, USA (remote)

(2022.11) Visiting Artist, Visiting Artist Lecture Series, University of Colorado-Boulder, USA

(2022.10) Guest Lecturer, “Roots hold the frontlines of resistance together: Spatial investigations into the continuum of extractivism”, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), New York, NY, USA (remote)

(2022.09) Speaker, Planétarium #13, with Achille Mbembe, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR

(2022.08) Panelist, “Studio Salon | Conversations in the Commons | Monuments and Public Space”, The Studio Museum of Harlem, Harlem, NY, USA (remote)

(2022.08) Guest Lecturer, “Methodologies for Just Urban Futures: Using Geospatial Tools to Address Police Violence”, USF Seminar Series, Clark University, Worcester, MA, USA (remote)

(2022.06) Panelist, “Imperial Ecologies”, 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE

(2022.06) Panelist, “Extractive Legacies: Decolonial Perspectives from the Berlin Biennale”, Conversations, Art Basel 2022, Basel, CH

(2022.04) Guest Lecturer, “Speculative Cartographies”, Department of Landscape Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, USA (remote)

(2022.01) Panelist, “This is not Anarchy, this is Chaos”, Transmediale 2022, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, DE (remote)

(2021.11) “Mapping Against Extractivism”, The Wrangler, Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA (remote)

(2021.10) Sensing the Planet / Black Atlantic, Serpentine Gallery, Dartington, UK

(2021.10) Ecologies of Repair, MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology), Lisbon, PT

(2021.10) 7 Questions, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

(2021.07) “Black Ecologies”, Keynote, public program, Mohamed Bourouissa, “HARa!!!!!!hAaaRAA-AAA!!!!!hHAaA!!!”, Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London, UK

(2021.07) Breathe, Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3, London, UK

(2021.05) “Strategies of Ecological Witnessing”, Race, Rights and Sovereignty series, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK

(2021.04) “Against the Plantationocene: Black Ecologies and Environmental Justice”, European Media Arts Fesival, Berlin, DE

(2021.02) Featured Expert, Geneva Dialogues on Human Rights and Climate Change, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, CH

(2020.12) 27th Public Session, Systemic Racism and the Lessons of 2020, United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, Human Rights Council, United Nations, Geneva, CH

(2020.10) The Shape of a Practice, Haus der Kulteren der Welt, Berlin, DE (virtual)

(2020.06) Ecologies of Harm, Royal Anthropological Institute, British Museum, London, UK

(2020.06) Political Ecologies of/at the Edge, POLLEN Annual Conference, Brighton, UK

(2019.11) HUMAN: 3rd PARSE Biennial, University of Gothenberg, Gothenberg, SE

(2019.03) “Seeing in Infrastructure,” Look for Me All Around You, March Meeting, Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE

(2018.11) Inspiring Dissent to Transform the Museum, UK Museums Association Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

(2018.10) Environmental Migration, Festival of Politics, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

(2018.03) Public Practice Symposium, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA, US (as Blights Out)

(2018.10) The Elders #WalkTogether with former Algerian Foreign Minister and freedom fighter Lakhdar Brahimi and former President of Finland Matti Ahtisaari, UK Houses of Parliament, London, UK

(2016.10) Gentrification, 2016 Common Field Convening, Miami, FL, US

(2016.10) Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, US (as Blights Out)

(2015.12) Fossil Free Culture Climate Summit, COP 21, Paris, FR

(2014.04) Latin American and European Meeting on Organization Studies (LAEMOS), Winner of Best Paper in Alternative Spaces/ Places of Organizing and nominated for Best in Conference for “Performing Bare Life: Occupying the Liminal Space Between Civilization”, 5th International Colloquium, Havana, CU

(2014.01) global aCtIVISm Symposium, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM), Karlsruhe, DE

(2012.02) Parsons The New School, Visiting Artist Lecture Series, with Noah Fischer for Occupy Museums, New York, NY, US


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