Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2018-19

(New York, NY)Nicole Goodwin

Project Description

“Ain’t I a Woman (?/!)” is a body-performance project that can take place in or outdoors (as long as such site is heavy with pedestrian traffic). The project is based on body movement, technical/equipment needs are not required. The focal point is an exploration of the Black body, or rather my big, Black body in public spaces. It is the evoking of questioning the meaning behind my presence and existence as a Black woman—in correlation with both body image and body positivity, but also in challenge to the traditional viewership of beauty.


Nicole Goodwin is the author of Warcries as well as the 2018 Ragdale Alice Judson-Hayes Fellowship Recipient, 2017 EmergeNYC Hemispheric Institute Fellow, as well as the 2013-2014 Queer Art Mentorship Queer Art Literary Fellow. She has published articles "Talking With My Daughter..." and "Why is This Happening In Your Life..." on the New York Times Motherlode Blog. Additionally, her work "Desert Flowers" was shortlisted for Women's Playwriting International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa in 2015.

Image caption: Various photos of "Ain't I a Woman (?/!)" performances.