Her Name (2019) is a performance and video piece that responds to the fact that most statues, buildings, streets, bridges, and other physical structures in the U.S. are named for white men. The relative lack of women, people of color, and other marginalized groups represented in these structures perpetuates a value system that esteems one group to the detriment/invisibility of others. In this piece, project collaborators and performers Karen Christina Jones, Angelique Powell, and Rebekah Brisbane contemplate the absence of the name and trace of the first black female graduate at one of the country’s premiere polytechnic institutions. Where her name fails to exist, the performers’ presence responds to the void.
Project sample here.