Legacy Russell

"The glitch is an opportunity to break what's broken, as an act of feminist refusal."
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Illustration by Jisoo Kwak

PLUS: What is the first thing you do when you wake up? 

Legacy Russell: Smile. And push my dog out of my face.

P: Where is your go-to place to eat (in NY) and why? 

LR: In the midst of a pandemic, the hottest new culinary spot is my kitchen.

P: What attracts you to New York? 

LR: I was born here, and so it is an innate part of how I became who I am today. 

P: What inspires you to do what you do every day? 

LR: I want to see QTPOCIA+ artists make a real and whole life for themselves. 

P: What do you hope readers get out of your writing? 

LR: That it’s possible to change the world. 

P: How has digital technology become a bridge to the possibility in your life? 

LR: I was born on the Internet, and so digital space is ecstatically entangled with who I am, and has connected me with a community that I’ve grown with over years, both on and away from my screen.

P: In 2012, you coined the term ‘Glitch Feminism.’ What does the term ‘glitch’ mean to you?

LR: The glitch is an opportunity to break what’s broken, as an act of feminist refusal. 

P: How has the role of the curator/ writer changed over your career? 

LR: Being a curator and a writer will always be mutual passions. I can’t curate without writing, and I can’t write without curating. So what has transformed as I have grown in my career is that I now know for sure that these two things are in deep, complex, joyful partnership in my research, work, methodology as I process the world and engage art and artists. 

P: What is one thing that you would like to see more in creative industries? 

LR: A real and sustainable investment in Black life. 

P: Three things you are thankful for?

LR: I am thankful for my breath, for the beauty in the world around me, for the people I get to love deeply, and who every day take the gorgeous and intimate risk of loving me right back. 


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