Signed, Your Every Waking Thought
July 12, 2016
450+ post it notes in a straight line across the Image Factory Art Gallery's space.
This to simulate the infinite loop of vicious thoughts which precede a panic attack, the sensation of being a in space emptied of everything but these unpleasant looping thoughts.
These private thoughts, these nuggets of insecurity are difficult to endure in their invisible state, even more so tangible, in a physical space.
This piece is LAB 3: 2, part of an experimental set of happenings at the IF Gallery annually in July. See entire LAB 3: www.imagefactorybelize.com/lab3.html
In Words: Kareem Clarke
July 18, 2015
This piece was elaborated over the course of 5 days. From Tuesday July 14 to Saturday July 18.
I clipped articles written by slain Belizean journalist Kareem Clarke, and tacked them unto the wall.
Clarke in less than 5 months (of 2015) wrote hundreds of articles. In one Sunday paper, for example, I extracted 12 articles. All these, well written and well researched.
I never met Kareem in real life, but I was acquainted with his writing. And later, after his passing, was made aware of his community spirit and social activism. He supported his alma mater St. Joseph Primary School. Assisted with their feeding program and also encouraged children and youth to read. To quote Yasser Musa (who, inspired by Kareem Clarke's social involvement created an art action FEED.READ. (see http://www.imagefactorybelize.com/lab2.html for more), the things Kareem Clarke promoted, that children are fed and that children read,... that is truly nurturing a child, nourishing a child.
Belize has suffered a great loss, I believe that my duty, as an artist, is to use art as a platform to raise awareness to the level of violence which exists in my country. To also demonstrate that the killing of Kareem Clarke was a direct assault on freedom of speech and expression.
We can not allow that. We simply must not.
July 13, 2015
Designed for LAB 2
Using names of murder victims, victims of extreme violence, which were extracted from newspapers, radio and TV news from January to July 2015, cover the black wall with white chalk.
This is a list, which I hope will act like a physical representation of "the writing on the wall."
In class we are made to sit in front of a blackboard and see and record notes.
The time for seeing and writing notes has passed. Crime has gripped us in a chokehold.
Class is in session or are we still at recess?
LAB 2 was opened and I decided to do so with this.
I was reading the papers all weekend, (of my mom's collection from January 25, 2015 to July 12, 2015), and it was violent, and most of it was on the front page.
Sadder than that, the one who tirelessly shared these stories, efficiently, crying out for change ended up on the list. What a list, worse than that, what a reality!
See video by Yasser Musa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SvJa-BQjUI