2feb@12PM: The Quilts of Bisa Butler

As a part of our online interview series for The Textile Museum Journal, contributing scholar Nancy Demerdash discusses the photorealist quilting practice of contemporary African American artist Bisa Butler.

Dr. Demerdash explores the implications of Butler’s quilted works for African diasporic connectivity and memory. Her research is in dialogue with artistic interlocutors who also grapple with questions of memory and marginalized histories. In this interview, she will examine how Butler spotlights previously unexplored, historical African American narratives, and how the very materiality of the quilted medium enlivens these narratives.