Edisa Weeks’ THREE RITES: Liberty (work-in-progress)
THREE RITES: Liberty is an installation which will ultimately be comprised of one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five roots, representing the year that legalized chattel slavery ended in America. The roots are made of paper and twine and dangle from the ceiling to the floor. The audience physically separates and moves through the roots to find open spaces containing reflections on liberty. For example: hanging retablos with portraits and quotes by whistle blowers such as Edward Snowden and Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and a totem pole of TV monitors with video of various civic protests in America. The installation includes a performance by Edisa Weeks where she is connected like a puppet to objects that have informed the black experience in America. Alternating between white face, black face and visceral ritual dance, the work examines the pathologizing of African-Americans and how the ideals of liberty are upheld in America.
General Admission: Seated