Bitch/Bitch?   serigraph on paper  2019.  This work critiques the casual, flippant use of a denigrating term in black colloquial expressions. The appropriate use of the word bitch—referencing a female dog—is paired with a photograph of the abolitionist Harriet Tubman. The image forces the viewer to consider the moral implications of applying the word to women as well as to animals, particularly when that person is a venerated figure like Ms. Tubman. It is indicative of the misogyny inherent in some strains of black vernacular common in nihilistic expressions of hip hop culture.
       
     
  Blocked at Five Points Performance   Film; photo montage; performance   As the on-air host for the PBS documentary  37 Weeks: Sherman on the March-- which chronicles Union General William Tecumseh Sherman’s “march to the sea”—I was absolutely astonished to learn that the buying and selling of human beings took place at Five Points MARTA Station in Atlanta, the symbolic locale where north, south, east, and west meet, and yet there is no historical marker or public indicator of any kind to honor those unknown souls who passed from auction block to plantation at the heart of Atlanta’s public transportation corridor. Equally troubling is that the Margaret Mitchell House, located less than two and half miles away, preserves the memory of the author of the celebrated novel Gone With the Wind which features a slave mammy as one of the central characters of the book. The juxtaposition of these two lived realities—one institutionalized and preserved; the other lost and forgotten—represents Atlanta’s inability to reconcile its present day identity with its troubled past. More specifically it is emblematic of a systematic attempt to control the historical narrative through a process of memory erasure.  Blocked at Five Points  aspires to arrest our predisposition to forget our past by drawing attention to slavery’s proximity to our present.
       
     
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