Nina 11 x 17 Glossy Paper
"Black resilience stemming from the power of grassroots efforts names a racial experience which enables not only Black people, but all, to articulate larger realities; If we carry or enact our history, then we can understand how Black revolution yields the power of societal critique.
I combined portraits of James Baldwin who explored the intricacies of Black radicalism throughout his life as a gay Black man and Nina Simone who exposed the magic of a militant Black power movement through her music and built a connection to the roots of the movement through ritualized, musical political performances. Both are social critics highlighted with floral elements of design to speak of racialized experiences in a realist and perspective, and to highlight that our history is incapable of suppressing the connection we have to the physical world--that it does quite the opposite. The more attune I am personally with the materiality of these experiences, the clearer it is to me that Black power is first harvested within the self, and then the world outside of ourselves."