In February 2011 I participated in a group show called "Visions Of A Community" shown by the African American Arts Collective (AAAC), at the Salt Space Gallery in NYC. The group consisted of artists of several different creative backgrounds, yet all of African American decent. The show was hung in honor of Black History Month. I debuted my work at the opening reception which ran for one month.
After The Show was conceived as an experiment where I was intrigued to observe onlookers' reactions to the on going "happening". I created a character, Iya, a thirty year old performer mourning the loss of her grandmother. I re-created a portion of Iya's bedroom which was full of her grandmother's belongings; several trinkets and keepsakes to half smoked Misty cigarettes. I then had an actress "occupy" the space as Iya, in which she expressed her grief and solitude using the contents to trigger emotion. She would enter and exit the work as she pleased, claiming her space amongst the gallery visitors. The actress was only available for viewers to witness during the opening and closing receptions. All other nights the piece was on view as an installation. I collaborated with designer Cassandra Scanlon who hand made the gown worn by the subject. This piece was shot and edited by Akila Robinson.