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Dessane Lopez Cassell

Editor-in-Chief, Seen

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Dessane Lopez Cassell is an editor, writer, and curator. Her work focuses on artist’s moving image, documentary, and experimental film practices concerned with race, gender, and decoloniality, with a particular interest in voices from the African and Caribbean diasporas. Most recently, Cassell worked as the reviews editor at Hyperallergic. In her previous life as a museum worker, she organized curatorial projects and screenings at the Museum of Modern Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Allen Memorial Art Museum. She has likewise programmed independently for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Black Women’s Film Conference, and Flaherty NYC, among others. Cassell’s writing has been published in Hyperallergic and Film Comment, as well as in catalogues issued by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Studio Museum, and MoMA. A lifelong New Yorker, Cassell lives in Brooklyn with her dog.