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“Over the course of April, May, and June, Smith posted the 23 tenets, or principles, of her COVID Manifesto on Instagram, which in recent months has become a locus for sharing protest information, bail fund databases, and educational materials like playlists and reading lists of Black feminist texts akin to the artist’s own illustrated syllabus. Like the Human_3.0 Reading List, the COVID Manifesto is manually inscribed with graphite on notepad paper. Handwriting these notes compels one to take pause from scrolling through their social feed to parse through them. This is similar to how Smith’s drawing of the book covers on the Reading List slowed people down and invited renewed interest,” as Smith explains in an interview with Art in America.

The Manifesto acts as a call to action rather than an instructional manual to dismantling capitalism. Responding to national and global events in real-time, it began with more playful tenets such as watching movies online and gradually grew into calls for the abolition of prisons, police, and “capitalist racial illogics.” Some tenets were also love poems to the planet suffering due our relentlessly extractive economy, and others were odes to the Black women, who are leading the struggle for collective liberation.” – Jad Dahshan

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