Dreaming Gave Us Wings (2017-Present) examines the reconstruction of archives using experimental methods. Whether these archives have been erased, misplaced, or are non existent, I conjure the unseen to document the psychic space. The psychic space is an invisible and intangible form of resistance, a secret language allowing black women to live in their fullness. Through the process of excavating and interrogating ancestral memories I recontextualize the past, examine the present, and reimagine the future to build a new narrative.
Dreaming Gave Us Wings recontextualizes the myth of flying Africans as a factual historical occurrence. I believe levitation is a real liberatory mode of transportation. In my self portrait series I experience flight to remove self and black women from an oppressive world and find peace in the psychic space. I consider these images a truth. In each image the body is levitating, synonymous with liberation. Whether this effect is desired or not by the participant, it is a mode of transportation between time and space. The body experiences a physical conjuring as a form of resistance and resilience. Through self portraits I reconstruct what is not tangible in an attempt to activate a space where stories occupy both the physical and spiritual world, navigating between fiction and non-fiction. Inspired by the importance of afrodiasporic flight within folklore and history, these images house a deep remembrance of survival and freedom. By disrupting and decolonizing conventional methods of preservation I'm envisioning a liberated future and archiving the metaphysical existence of black women.
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The New Yorker: Revisiting the Legend of Flying Africans Teaser below. select link for full video and text.