Coded Communication: Language born of oppression

Investigating Black womxn's experiences, active project to be presented in 2021

Coded Communication: language born of oppression highlights the ways African American women are oppressed and the ways they celebrate, emphasizing the way these aspects intermingle to define Black womxn’s identities. The goal of the research is to highlight the oppression Black womxn face while also reminding the audience that Black womxn’s identities are more than the oppression they are often exclusively defined by.

Educating those inside and outside the African American womxn community about their Black womxn’s experiences will create an improved social environment for all involved. The unapologetic understanding of personal identity will cultivate things like respect, understanding, and empathy, qualities that will have positive domino effects on American society as a whole.


To encourage this, I have developed a board game and a collection of research videos all designed through a  decolonized “call and response” style of research, in that everyone involved is both the speaker and the listener. All Black American womxn are invited to participate in my research process @codedcommunication.

I am currently developing my thesis in the MFA in Design Program at VCUarts Qatar. This page will be updated monthly with my visual and conceptual thesis developments. Coded Communication will be finalized in May 2021.

(developments are listed newest to oldest)

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