As a part of Doing Language : Word Work, artist agustine zegers mapped the scents of the ICA’s building by surveying staff and patrons smell memories using a scent questionnaire. Questions and directives included: What do you smell like throughout the day? What feelings do these smells bring up? What texture, volume, form do these scents have? Draw them.

After receiving feedback, we arrived at the following fragrance notes, revealing the ICA as an odorant text: hydraulic oil, rubber, fennel, plywood, black tea, and dampness. The resulting scent will be available as a fragrance sample at the ICA Shop this fall.

About the artist: agustine zegers is a Chilean artist, writer, and bacterial community. They live and smell in Richmond.

Student support: Maxine Bell, Velvet Cherry, Soovin Jhi, Alex Miranda, Sam Schnider.



“Professor Castro’s Guide to Do Your Language Practices” is a print piece that publishes mantras, poetics, and self-care reminders while observing one’s relationship to place through the lens—or perhaps mouth—of dysfluency. This guide is also an extension of Bryan Castro’s performance work in the form of a hand-held newsletter—a form that is to be touched and carried.

Throughout the Spring semester, students researched newspaper formats, mental health resources, and the city of Richmond’s landscape—taking note of the complicated and violent histories implicated onto the land. Intimacy, care, and performance become tools for coping in times of uncertainty and wayfinding.

About the artist: Bryan Castro is an artist who works with drawing, painting, video and installation.

Student support: Allie Watts, Sydni Stearns, Andy Caress



Joselia Rebekah Hughes plays with words and pharmacy aesthetics using pill bottles as vessels to hold poems. As a part of researching design for the edition, the students looked at prescription labels and medicine packaging to draft possible formats and layouts that echo the pharmacy. The seemingly sterile objects become experiments on the book form, disrupting the conspicuousness of disability and ability.


About the artist: Joselia Rebekah Hughes is a Black disabled writer and artist. Experimenting with creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, anagrams, tweets, visual and performance art, knitting and archival study, she works to untangle the language(s) of liminality; instruments abstractions on the conditions of Blackness; interrogates reclamation and refusal through play; and reappraises societal perceptions of ability, chronic illness and disability to imagine and concretize alternative passages of survival and living.

Student support: Archerd Noel Aparejo, Angelica Credle, Isabelle Roque, Lila Washa




About the artist: Malcolm Peacock is an artist who is interested in the intersection between bodily movement and traditions of Black radical ideologies.

Student support: Theo Haggins, Nikki Orsolini



About the artist: Riley Hooker is an artist, graphic designer and independent publisher based in New York.