Sieng’s been doing graphic, curatorial, and production work on this project for the last two years, and we’ve had many, many (many) conversations about what it means to balance our individual interests as artists (although Sieng would say he’s a designer) alongside our commitments to working in our respective communities.
And it’s this: I’m compelled to show how I get it ‘done’, this ruminating aspect of making art, because I’ve had to piece together from others’ excerpts this ‘way’, and, maybe watching someone go through it would have saved me some time and confusion.
The posted title of this video is very misleading – problematic – especially given not only the context in which the titular ‘quote’ exists, but the larger cultural conversations about beauty and Blackness that Adichie does address.
Young told me this year at a civil rights summit in Austin that St. Augustine was unique in the civil rights movement in one respect: “It was the only place where our hospital bills were greater than our bond bills.”
In Public Speaking (Read-Along) and Public Speaking (Marginalia) respectively, I source and ‘re-mediate’ into contemporary dialogues about citizenship and scholarship speeches like Barbara Jordan’s Statement on the Articles of Impeachment and Martin Luther King Jr.’s Beyond Vietnam – A Time to Break Silence.
And while in nature it makes sense to adjust ourselves to new landscapes, that doesn’t seem the ‘right’ expectation to hold of newcomers in human communities where a plurality of experiences/perspectives seems useful.
I am fascinated by how both Ta-Nehisi Coates and Cord Jefferson leverage their respective platforms, Coates at The Atlantic and Jefferson at Gawker, to vigorously discuss the construction/experience of race in America.
My interdisciplinary practice draws on my experiences in literature and photography; in installations of video, sound, and paper-based objects, I document the ways gesture and language are shaped into specific narratives.