Root Shock: Photo Documentation
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Obsidian Arts Presents Root Shock
What causes root shock? Who imposes root shock? Who survives it? What happens to cultural, moral, physical, spiritual, economic, social, psychological roots?
Inspired by Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove’s book "Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America And What We Can Do About it", Obsidian Arts (curated by Marlina Gonzalez) presents a show around the concept of the not-so-random acts of social dismemberment and transplantations imposed on any culture perceived as “the other’.
The show features:
Catherine Kennedy (Liberia)
Usry Alleyne (Guyana)
Heba Amin (Egypt)
Sankara Djeki (Cameroon)
Saturday August 16, 2008
Opening Reception 7pm to 10pm
Rooftop projection at dusk
Thursday October 16, 2008, 7pm
Artist Panel with participating artists and curator
This was an exploration of taking 2-d work and turning it into a 3-dimensional space. I wanted the layering, overlapping, and repetition of the imagery to be simulated in three-dimensional space. I coated the drawings with wax to give them a transparency. While my intention was to construct this "space" as a grid to reference city structure, it ended up being something else. It evoked the image of the small alleyway with the drying hanging laundry, giving it a very different feel than the industrial city I was originally thinking of. I was happy with some aspects of this narrative, yet I was still dissatisfied with its lack of interactivity with the audience, and in many ways it was still presented as a 2-dimensional piece.
In many ways I have been exploring the affects of urban infrastructure on human emotions and behavior since 2001 when I visited the Bedouins. I was initially interested in studying their craftwork and designs for my own artistic purposes but discovered that I found their political situation more interesting.
I was captivated by their passion for their lifestyle which had been unchanged for hundreds of years, but that in recent history was changing due to urban sprawl and the imposition of modernity. Modern structures were starting to overtake their physical and spiritual connections to their land and as a result causing their culture to disappear.
a link to the Bedouin Series Paintings: Bedouin Series Paintings