Dahlia Li, 2021; Guest Faculty 2023
Dahlia Li (she/her) is an artist and writer currently completing a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of English with certificates from the Programs in Cinema and Media Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Her dissertation, Caress without Body: Stranded Affect, Queer Diasporic Dancing and Questions Concerning Technologies examines 20th and 21st-century experimental approaches to dance from QTBIPOC perspectives to forward a theory of danced embodiment as collective technology. She is at work on a serial performance, text, and moving image project, A De-Gendered Voluptuosness that works with the embodied diasporic afterlives of 20th century cultural revolutions.
She has performed, shown work, and taught artist’s workshops across a number of venues in the US and Europe. From 2020-2021 she was an EmergeNYC fellow and is currently a Helena Rubenstein Critical Studies Fellow at the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art.