dana washington-queen (they/them) is a writer and lens-based artist.

I use narrative storytelling to explore blackness, queerness, cultural practices, and systems of power. My research and practice bring documentary and experimental practices into dialogue through my developing concept Black Noetic theory1. I received an MFA in Visual Arts from UC San Diego, and a BA in English-Rhetoric and Composition from California State University, Long Beach.

My work has been exhibited at Visible Records, Jeffrey Deitch, Art+Practice, Springsteen Gallery, 98 Orchard, and San Diego Art Institute (now ICA San Diego). My films and videos have been included in film programs and festivals such as BlackStar Film Festival, Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival, DTLA Film Festival,  Afrikana Independent Film Festival, Toronto Short Film Festival, and Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival.

Outside of my art practice, I run Black Farm Studio House with Racha Tahani Lawler Queen of Crimson Fig Midwifery. Our nonprofit organization connects art, agriculture and wellness through public programs, community engagement, and resource-sharing for Black, Brown, Indigenous, LGBTQIA2+, and nonbinary-identified individuals and families. We are working diligently to materalize Black Farm Studio House to its fullest potential, please contact us for more information!

1 Noetic comes from the Greek term noetiko, relating to the mind or intellect. Borrowing from the Institute of Noetic Sciences, noetic is defined as “inner wisdom, direct knowing, intuition, or implicit understanding.” A noetic experience can be understood as gut feelings or insights that seem to come out of nowhere. A Black Noetic experience locates the spiritual, the ancestral, and the ecstatic.