Installations

One day, you will die.

2021

One day you will die is an interactive installation inspired by Kaitlyn B. Jones' 2021 Manifesto. This installation was curated by Aisha Tida Abbassi and first appeared on day three of A Time For Action, a six-night experimental inter-disciplinary micro-festival hosted by the Blaffer Art Museum (Houston, TX).

 

Each element in this installation is intended to allow Black visitors an opportunity to reflect on their personal legacy and give reverence to their existence while they are still breathing. Each Black visitor is invited to consider which parts of themselves they will leave behind by responding to six prompts displayed on the surrounding walls.

Flowers are an essential part of this installation. As Black visitors finish responding to the prompts, they are reminded that they do not have to earn their flowers in order to deserve them.

(Photos by London Vallery.)

 

This is not for you.

2021

This is not for you is a singular sign that reads "Black People Only Past This Point". This sign, initially intended to protect the sacred space created for One day, you will diefirst appeared as part of A Time For Action, a six-night experimental inter-disciplinary micro-festival hosted by the Blaffer Art Museum (Houston, TX).

Following the two-hour installation, visitors were invited to participate in a group discussion. This discussion, facilitated by Angelique Geehan, Luana Da Silva, and Kat Chaffin, allowed space for Black visitors to voice their visceral reactions to non-Black people entering the gallery beyond the sign.

Non-Black visitors were asked to confront their inherent uncomfortability with being excluded from an area that was not intended for them. White visitors who surpassed the sign grappled with their socialized sense of entitlement and how their actions directly correlate to internalized and actualized white supremacy and colonialism.

(Photos by London Vallery.)