Prizm News / February 27, 2019 / By Prizm News

Selina Thompson’s “Race Cards” is being shown through Saturday at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. (Photo © Manuel-Vason at DARC Media, courtesy of the Contemporary Arts Center)

And Selina Thompson wants to hear your answers as part of her interactive piece now showing at the Contemporary Arts Center.


By Prizm News

Selina Thompson has a lot of questions about race—1,000, to be exact. And she’s tired of always being asked for the answers.

“As a queer black woman, I am often expected to educate people on race, class and gender,” she told a journalist in her native U.K. a couple years back. “Enough! Time for you to think for yourself.”

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In a Cincinnati exhibition of her interactive piece, “Race Cards,” the artist presents 1,000 questions on notecards and asks viewers to provide answers. She also asks people to take a question they are unable to answer out into the world to start a conversation.

“Race Cards” will be shown through Saturday, March 2 at the Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. 6th St., in Downtown Cincinnati. The center is open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.

The Contemporary Arts Center says “Race Cards” is not about having the right answers, but about starting difficult conversation that challenge our assumptions and beliefs.

Among the questions posed:

• What is the long term psychological impact of white supremacy on people of colour?

• Why do people assume that racism will just passively die out if we wait long enough?

• Who is more problematic: famous racist Nigel Farage or the liberal journalist politely asking him questions?

• When does it all end?

Thompson is an artist and performer from Leeds who calls her work “playful, participatory and intimate.” She focuses on the politics of identity and how it defines our bodies, lives and environments.

Her work has been displayed everywhere from galleries to pubs.