Location: Brooklyn, NY, United States
My project Born From the Limb is invested in the correlation of labor, land, and migration. Focusing on the coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia, the work touches ground at a vaguely defined point of black origin in the United States. Employing a combination of self-portraiture, still life, and landscape imagery, the pictures filter popular culture, myth, and art history in search of fragments related to the historic and contemporary narratives surrounding our understanding of blackness within the context of Americana. By referencing found images of regional romanticism and combining them with photographic traces of a scarred landscape, the work seeks to highlight the discrepancy of local legacies. Hereby the performative self-portraits reinvigorate a silent expanse of land with gestures derived from history's Eurocentric relationship to blackness. My body is employed as a medium to the point of exhaustion, addressing the emblematic social and political concerns of a forgotten terrain, while considering the complexities of our relationship to the collective American past.