Exhibited at the Harrison Center for the Arts in July 2012, this installation speaks to the reality that as people we often overlook or cast quick judgments of people we may encounter on the street. Primarily, we categorize them based on what they wear. Clothes defines us superficially. I wanted myself and viewers to step back a moment.
Community for me is an intimate thing. In it, I am vulnerable with persons in my circle of community. They are supportive, direct, loving, and know when to tell me to get my act together. It is a sharing of life. Everyone has community in which to be vulnerable.
When we categorize people based on clothing we do not give them a chance. We don't think that they have a community. The thobes that the individuals are wearing in the video installation put every person on the same level. We can now approach them with a sense of delicacy and as community participants.
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