It Was Always
a Political Statement


It was Always a Political Statement engages the radical artistic and political contributions of Black lesbian, trans, and gender nonbinary peoples as they relate to reconceiving space, time, and geography.

“It was always a political statement: people need to come in contact with this body, be face to face with it. It’s the ultimate sense of validation and the claiming of space.” –Mickalene Thomas

Each year our guest curators bring attention to the unique ways we experience, navigate and express connections to and within the spaces we inhabit. We do so with deep joy, curiosity, and fellowship that crosses communities, cultures, and disciplines.



Saretta Morgan is a writer and artist based between Phoenix and Mohave Valley, Arizona. She is author of the chapbooks feeling upon arrival (2018) and room for a counter interior (2017). Her current creative work engages Black migration and ecology in the United States Southwest. As a community organizer she works at intersections of migrant justice, environmental justice, and Black liberation.




Black Phoenix Organizing Collective is building a bigger, better, Blacker future in Phoenix, AZ. We practice cultural organizing among intergenerational Black folks that centers queer and trans people, formerly incarcerated, disabled people, and Muslim immigrants/refugees.

Abolition is a Spatial Practice:

A Conversation with Miss Major and Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs

April 26th, 6:30-8 PM MST

Hosted and moderated by Saretta Morgan