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Othered Suns
sound wheatepaste
2020

Othered Suns is a wheat-paste and audio collage sound installation that deals with the themes of migration and the body. Historian Robin D. G. Kelley writes in his book “Freedom Dreams”that “the history of Black people has been the history of movement-real and imagined”. This piece explores the physical, emotional, psychological, and temporal landscapes Black bodies
have had to continuously traverse in order to find spaces of freedom. Pulling from afropessimism and monster theory, Black bodies find themselves in a perpetual migration.

The audio collage is a loose narrative of an unending relocation. This piece chronicles the literal movement of bodies arriving on the shores of the US from the transatlantic slave-trade, to the mass exodus of Black people from the Jim Crow south to the north as well as the precarious nature of day-to-day movement through public space. Social movement through economic and educational institutions under the American caste system to searching and finding new worlds through the Black imagination are also explored in “Othered Suns”. For 14 minutes and 34 seconds the audio piece collages found sound effects with dialogue from Isabel Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns” (from which the piece derives its title), “No Longer Human” by
Osamu Dazai and “The Black Fusionist Society Manifesto” written by the artist.

The wheat paste installation consist of legs jutting out from an entanglement of clothing and fabric. Clothing, which is a common item in daily life, references the ubiquity of white
supremacy. The massive entanglement of fabric has become a major impediment to movement and access rendering this act of migration in a form of stasis.