Photo by Jaqueline Barragán-Fuller
b. 1985, Los Angeles, CA
Currently in Richmond, VA
Voicemail: (804) 495-1908
dana washington-queen (they/them) is a professor and lens-based artist using poetic and documentary practices to celebrate everyday black life. Their work has been exhibited at the ICA at Virginia Commonwealth University, Visible Records, Jeffrey Dietch, and Art + Practice in Los Angeles. Festival selections and screenings include BlackStar Film Festival, OUTFEST Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival, Smithsonian African American Film Festival, Seattle Transgender Film Festival, Black Radical Imagination Film Tour, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).
In 2016, washington-queen received a Bachelor of Arts in English: Rhetoric and Composition from California State University, Long Beach. As a SEED Fellowship recipient, they received a MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California San Diego in 2020. Courtesy of the 2022 Artadia Los Angeles x Marciano Art Foundation award, they’re pursuing state licensure as a barber at Redefine Barber & Beauty Academy in Richmond, VA.
Their research and barber studio practice will explore the discursive history of barbering, barber shop culture in black, trans and queer communities, and the musicality in barber performance. Other topics: the barber chair as a safe space, black women and queer barbers in the American South, queer hairstyles and expression, blue collar black entreprenuership, and barber shop spaces as cultural hubs.
washington-queen’s longterm goal is to open Black & Kin, an art and barber studio that provides gender inclusive hair care services for black, trans and queer clients.
Black & Kin Studio