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Translating Valence: Redefining Black Male Identity

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Translating Valence discusses ideas of black masculinity that lie in conjunction with, and in opposition to, widely held historical and stereotypical beliefs. The title references the psychological theory of emotional valence, which in general refers to the direction of an emotional response to a stimulus: from attraction to aversion. While commonly not applied to individuals, it can be argued that stereotypes about black males create negative valence. Although valence is said to be intrinsic, the idea of questioning the relevance and objective nature of valence is at play in this exhibition.

Translating Valence: Redefining Black Male Identity