B00-Yaw! | 60″ x 60″ | Jacquard | 2019
Worldbuilding is a major part of my practice, I think about the journey to the worlds I envision, within I prioritize the black queer black femme perspective, I prioritize a type of black liberation that is void in this present space, I Prioritize a land was once ours being our once more. I oftentimes find myself asking questions as they pertain to my intersecting black identities (that being, Black, queer, non-binary, poor, disabled…), they have all existed in context to “Power”; who has it?, who takes it away?, who is it given to?, how can I/We gain it?.
By way of photography, video, writing, performance, and sound I explore the ways in which black people are affected by the powers that be. I explore what it would be to remove us from the now, and place in elsewhere, how rituals and folklore can aid us on this journey to a liberated black space, that grants us ownership. Influenced by the stories of Zora Neale Hurston’s, “Mule and Men”, Toni Morrison’s “Songs of Solomon”, by Jazz, Spiritual Jazz, House Music, and the storytelling that is Soul HipHop music. As well as from my observation of my community of bold, radical queer, fighting black people.