Black Spatial Relics merges performance, site-specific research, and public history to reframe transatlantic narratives of enslavement and resistance. Founder Arielle Julia Brown is a cultural worker and dramaturge dedicated to bringing attention to stories of “slavery, justice, and freedom” along the American Eastern Seaboard. Currently based in Philadelphia, Black Spatial Relics supports emerging and mid-career artists through residency programs, public events and performances, collective research, and a co-mentorship program.
Arielle Brown envisioned Black Spatial Relics as a space for “artists [to] develop performances that engage music/sound, dance, theatre, or performance installation and/or ritual, and spoken word. The residency enables artists to develop works that engage the public history of slavery and bridge or incorporate systemic and inherited connections with contemporary issues of injustice.”