Denise Ferreira da Silva

artist and critical theorist
Denise Ferreira de Silva is artist and philosopher and the Samuel Rudin Professor in the Humanities at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures at the New York University, New York.
Her artistic and academic work reflect and speculate on themes and questions crucial to contemporary philosophy, aesthetics, political theory, Black thought, feminist thought, and historical materialism. She is the author of, among others, Toward a Global Idea of Race (2007) and Unpayable Debt (2022). Her artwork includes the films Serpent Rain (2016), 4 Waters-Deep Implicancy (2018), and Soot Breath / Corpus Infinitum (2020) in collaboration with Arjuna Neuman; and the relational artistic practices Poethical Readings and Sensing Salon, in collaboration with Valentina Desideri.

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Marwa Arsanios, Usufructuaries of earth,
Marwa Arsanios, Usufructuaries of earth, exhibition opening BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2024, photo: Tom Janssen
Marwa Arsanios, Usufructuaries of earth,
Marwa Arsanios, Usufructuaries of earth, installation view BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2024, photo: Tom Janssen
Front: Skylab. Back: “Dagat kay Dagway
Front: Skylab. Back: “Dagat kay Dagway”
Amanda Beech, Covenant Transport, Move o
Amanda Beech, Covenant Transport, Move or Die, 2015, video installation, still, courtesy of the artist.
Performance The Thread and the Gap
Performance The Thread and the Gap
Denise Ferreira da Silva, speaking as pa
Denise Ferreira da Silva, speaking as part of the “Spectral Labor and Unpayable Debt” panel during the 2-day online symposium As for Protocols—To Hold Things Together, curated by BAK for Vera List, 20–21 May 2021