Film:title: Randolph, Peck, Diggs-Dorsey
The performance at VisArts was a ritual cleansing of one of the sites where three African-Americans were lynched in the 1880s. Sidney Randolph was lynched a block from VisArts. Four performers ritually cleansed the space. Each performer will served as a surrogate for one of the lost lives; the creator of the ritual presided as high priestess over the ceremony. The artist Liz Miller conceived the ritual cleansing concept in conjunction with her wearable hair sculptures.
Image of the street outside of the VisArts gallery in Rockville md
FULL FILM: 26 MINS
UBUNTU is a South African noun meaning ‘humanity’. More specifically it references an African philosophy ‘I am because we are’.
This film catalogues the transformation of six public sites having notable ties to slavery or present day racism in the city of Baltimore. As performers move within these smoke-filled spaces, their black bodies adorned with hair sculptures, which function as sacred objects, they tap into the energy of our ancestors while simultaneously urging us toward an emancipated future: a freedom which comes from unlocking what’s embedded within and eschewing the traditional pathway of seeking freedom from the colonizer.
Each performer wears a handmade hair sculpture representing the power to transcend, cleanse, and heal. Through the ritual, the performer's DNA is deposited upon the pieces themselves,the headdresses transform from sculpture to artifact. the bond is sealed, and these spaces of historical trauma are cleansed.
THE FILM IN CHAPTERS!
CH 1: KARMA:
CH 2: AMAADI:
CH 3: DEV'NAY:
CH 4: KAY:
CH 5: NICOLETTA:
CH 6: JAY: