Courtesy of Kristie Kahns
Sampada Aranke (PhD, Performance Studies) is an Assistant Professor in the Art History, Theory, Criticism Department at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. Her research interests include performance theories of embodiment, visual culture, and black cultural and aesthetic theory. Her work has been published in e-flux, Artforum, Art Journal, ASAP/J, October, and Trans-Scripts: An Interdisciplinary Online Journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences at UC Irvine. She has written catalogue essays for Sadie Barnette, Rashid Johnson, Faith Ringgold, Kambui Olujimi, Sable Elyse Smith, and Zachary Fabri. She is the recipient of the 2021 Art Journal award for her article Blackouts and Other Visual Escapes. She's currently working on her book manuscript entitled Death's Futurity: The Visual Life of Black Power.

Blackouts and Other Visual Escapes.”  Art Journal, 79, Oct. 2020. 

Bag Lady in Flight.” ASAP/Journal, 27, Aug. 2020.

Material Matters: Black Radical Aesthetics and the Limits of Visibility.“ E-Flux, 79, Feb. 2017.