Meet Avery Williamson

Avery Williamson is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores historical and contemporary notions of the archive, domestic space, Black pleasure and spatiotemporal collapse. She explores the narratives of Black women in personal and institutional archives. Her work as a multidisciplinary artist challenges the flatness, fixity, and polarity of history. Williamson’s practice regularly questions the kinds of histories that we preserve, and considers what might be missing. Her artwork has been featured in The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine and Guardian News. She graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Visual Studies and currently lives and works in Ypsilanti, Michigan.


“Through this artist residency and studio space at Riverside Art Center, I plan to focus on the role of the artist in gathering and sharing local history through a visual collage investigation of the legacy of the Water Street Redevelopment Project, supported by media from our local archives. Through the residency I plan to engage neighbors, artists, activists, politicians, city workers and students in collage work to investigate how we record and remember contentious debates about public spaces.” – Avery Williamson 

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Avery Williamson - "Black and White collage"

her kind, black and white collage – Avery Williamson

Another Ancestor on NI-AAZHAWA’AM-MINUS (Rabbit Island) – Avery Williamson

Avery Williamson - "Unbothered at ease playing around"
unbothered, at ease, playing around – Avery Williamson