On August 25, 2019 at 3:00pm, the National Park Service put forth a call to individuals, churches, organizations, etc. to ring bells for four minutes, representing 400 years since the first enslaved Africans landed at Point Comfort in 1619. My first performance reflecting this moment was done in my studio, where I simply draped a golden piece of fabric over my head and imitated a bell for four minutes. For the second performance of "400", I asked artist Billy Mark to accompany me as he and I became human bells. I sewed 400 bells onto a garment and slowly walked onto a stage that was covered with golden fabric and sand. The background shows a projection of a video I made of sunrise-lit waters (I was baptized in this river in 2016). Bells got louder the more I moved, with a climax of frenzied dancing causing bells to fall off my body, similar to the lives lost during the middle passage.
Performed during Emergency Index: Volume 7 at Jam Handy in Detroit.