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Dismantling Anti-Black Logics: Creating Alternative forms of Knowledge and Storytelling

Join us for a heartfelt conversation between psychoanalyst, Chanda D. Griffin and choreographers, Hilary Brown-Istrefi and Briana Brown-Tipley. Our guests share their embodied and scholarly knowledge about anti-blackness and creativity. They inspire and challenge us to think beyond the confines of white supremacist structures and invite us into new imaginaries.


About Our Guests

Chanda D. Griffin headshotChanda D. Griffin, LCSW, is a teaching, training, and supervising analyst at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP) and co-chair of the Committee on Race and Ethnicity at MIP. Additionally, she is a faculty member of the National Institute For the Psychotherapies. (NIP),The Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP)and an Adjunct Professor at the Silberman Graduate School of Social Work at Hunter College.  Chanda is the co-author of The Secret Society: Perspectives from a Multiratial Cohort (with Rossanna Eceygoyén and Julie Hyman) and author of Who’s on my couch: BIPOC subjectivity and the climate crisis,the MIP blog essay: Red Pill Psychoanalysis and the Matrix of Racial Roles, and the  Psychoanalytic Activist,: Centered. Chanda is a member of Black Psychoanalysts Speak and is in private practice in New York City.


Hilary Brown-Istrefi + Briana Brown-TipleyLed by twin choreographers Hilary Brown-Istrefi + Briana Brown-Tipley, Same As Sister (S.A.S.) is a NYC and Toronto-based performance collective celebrating 10 years of collaborative and interdisciplinary storytelling. Their commissions have been presented internationally at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance (Toronto); Base: Experimental Arts + Space (Seattle); Archaeological Museum of Messenia (Greece); Danspace Project (NYC); Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre (France); BRIC Arts | Media House (NYC); and New York Live Arts (NYC), among other venues. S.A.S. is currently a commissioned resident artist of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) and Dancemakers’ Guest Curator Programming to support the research and development of their project, “Upstairs, In Our Bedroom”. Dance/Choreography Awards: Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts’ 2022 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominee for Outstanding Production, “This is NOT a Remount”; Jerome Foundation’s 2021-22 & 2019-20 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow Alternate & Finalist; Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ 2022 & 2017 Emergency Grantee; Queens Council on the Arts’ Queens Arts Fund 2020 New Work Grantee; New York State Council on the Arts/New York Foundation for the Arts’ 2019 Artist Fellow


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