The Black body in America is subjected to not only explicit violence, but also structural violence precipitated from discriminatory housing policies, education, and political disenfranchisement. The violence is inscribed onto and into the bodies of the oppressed resulting in higher rates than whites for heart diseases, stroke, cancer, asthma, influenza and pneumonia, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and homicide.
How do we deal with the deeply embedded cultural trauma. How do we turn shame induced by indignities into pride. How do we move from debtors of a recalcitrant state to deserved creditors. These are some of the questions I have been asking myself for a few years, and has been the focus of my artistic work.