BEAST OF BURDEN SERIES
STRANGE FRUIT(BANANA, APPLE, COCONUT, OREO) or
W.E.B. DU BOIS' DOUBLE CONSCIOUSNESS
SUPER FLAT SCULPTUREPAINT ON MERANTI PLYWOOD2
INSTALLED WITH CALLING CARD #1
PROJECTION OF FRED GILDERSLEEVE'S PHOTOGRAPH OF TEENAGER JESSE WASHINGTON
FRAMED IMAGES OF ROBER GOBER'S "HANGING MAN / SLEEPING MAN" (1989)
WITH CALLING CARD #1
CALLING CARD #1 (AFTER ADRIAN PIPER)
2014 - 2015
"[...] our humanity is our burden, our life; we need not battle for it; we need only to do what is infinitely more difficult — that is, accept it."
-- James Baldwin,
"Sometimes African Americans, in communities where I’ve worked, there’s been the notion of “acting white” -- which sometimes is overstated, but there’s an element of truth to it, where, okay, if boys are reading too much, then, well, why are you doing that? Or why are you speaking so properly? And the notion that there’s some authentic way of being black, that if you’re going to be black you have to act a certain way and wear a certain kind of clothes, that has to go."
"[...] without vision a people will perish. And what happens when you start losing your language and you start losing your culture and you don’t have a sense of connections to ancestors and those memories that date back generations is you start feeling adrift. And if you’re living in a society that devalues that, then you start maybe devaluing yourself and internalizing some of those doubts."
-- President Barack Hussein Obama II; July 21, 2014
"A quick thought: The consequences of allowing a significant portion of the population to exist as clandestine citizens without rights is tremendous. The problems increase exponentially as their children internalize the external political and economic power structure. Future generations 'accept' the myths of the dominant ethnic/ racial groups that are projected on them. This leads to an obliteration of self-esteem and subsequently common aspirations. Their concept 'We' and 'us' becomes synonymous with poverty, crime, and ultimately shame. This in turn allows the powerful to manipulate them as economic and political demographics. And this, my friends, can take hundreds of years to fix, if in fact it is ever able to be fixed at all."
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