The introduction begins with a brief discussion of Lorraine O’Grady’s Mlle Bourgeoise Noire to discuss the risks and rewards of becoming the subject and object of art. It delineates the three key concepts undergirding Embodied Avatars—black performance art, objecthood, and avatar production—and their relationship to the book’s focus on black women performers and artists from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.
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