This work is about memory. It is about our relationship to the civil rights era, a time of mythic status in our nation’s history. Within our Gates is a site-specific video work that draws upon 1960s news footage to create an immersive environment. This work examines where we stand in relation to our past and our future, to our parents and our son.
The work bears witness to the expressive gestures of resistance: the march, the song, the applause, the wave. The hypnotic fervor of collective prayer conveyed through the physical movement of protestors are projected in tandem with haunted places of rupture, the charred carcass of a bus and the smoldering foundation of a church. Our interest is in the fragments of film that hint at the tenor of the time, landscapes that are intrinsically tied to our segregationist past and the fluid portraits of collective action and resistance.
It is a reflection of the disjunctive spaces between memory and document, remembrance and possession, heritage and accountability.
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