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Becky Nasadowski is a designer, educator, and researcher at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


Her work explores design’s complicity in various formations of violence within neoliberal capitalist social and physical landscapes. Through a feminist lens, she seeks to awaken new associations inside dominant symbolic representations of histories and contemporary experiences. It is through an authoritative format that design(ers) often play a crucial role, enabling a culturally legitimated form to serve as an alibi that conceals content and protects the underlying ideological function from critical scrutiny. Using design and design criticism to sometimes create clarity and other times to complicate, expose, and fracture the smooth workings of power, Nasadowski designs and writes to frame and reframe, disrupt existing narratives, and create new ones.
Becky Nasadowski holds an MFA from the multidisciplinary Design program at The University of Texas at Austin and a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She maintains an active professional design practice, collaborating with artists, activists, educational and cultural institutions, among others, and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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