First Look: Black Artist Burnout


Black Artist Burnout is an ongoing work by Registered Nurse and integrative medicine practitioner Liz Mputu (LVLZ Healing Hub) and m3ga, a web3 smart company led by Architectural Designer Gregory Ketant and conceptual artist/designer Moustafa Hassan (Nexus/Room).

We’re pleased to share a newly launched website for the project, copresented with the New Museum as part of First Look: New Art Online. The featured activation for First Look is a care plan developed by Mputu, drawing on her background in healing, community building, and digital art. Participants can use the care plan to follow image- and sound-creation prompts to help surface distinct ways of processing and addressing racialized trauma encountered in culture work or settings. Black Artist Burnout also features a series of PSAs and memetic promos that evoke the experiences that Black artists often have when engaging with white institutions, even those with “good” intentions. (We began to share these last week, and a further set of bumpers is embedded below). 

Black Artist Burnout is envisioned as an ongoing project, and its creators plan to further develop the care plan and share results through one-on-one and small group conversations and consultations, which will also inform the project’s overall direction. For ongoing updates, follow Black Artist Burnout on Instagram.

Research and development for Black Artist Burnout was done by Nexus.