Dinah Liger

Dinah Liger is a visual artist, choreographer, and senior at Gallatin whose concentration is Creativity, Business and the Politics of Aesthetics. She is examining the creative process in visual contemporary art and choreography, as well as strategic business management with a focus in organization, innovative marketing and branding, and political thought. She is considered her mother’s most difficult child and notoriously explores her own definition of what it means to misbehave. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Dinah is heavily influenced by her Caribbean heritage, South Floridian tropical landscapes, and her experiences travelling the world. This is Dinah’s first and last appearance in the Gallatin Arts Festival as an undergraduate. After graduation, she hopes to continue experimenting and developing herself as an artist and to further her work in both the performing and visual arts.

The Black Divine and The Derogatory
I believe the black female body is extremely beautiful, extremely misunderstood and, unfortunately, extremely objectified. I was inspired to create this piece while living in Paris. I noticed that a very global and timeless theme associated with a black woman’s sexuality persisted: namely, that it is something that is far from innocent and is, for the most part, intimidating. For this project, I reflected on my own experiences as a Caribbean American woman and on the stories I heard from other Black women. To be female within the Black experience is a journey that can only be expressed by those who live it and I believe that the hyper-sexualized Black female body has been a story told from outsiders looking in. Through this installation, I want to push a button that may spark a new conversation surrounding this topic. What does it mean to reclaim Black female sexuality? To re-represent the Black female body in a positive light or have Black female performance without stigma.