Traveled Bodies: Policing Blackness and the Technology of State Violence (A HERstorical Improvisation)
We are not gravel roads. We are not target practice bull’s eye. We are not husky muted flesh. We are living ligament and beating heart. We are not rope juice. We are not field seasoning. We are not sharpeners for dry molars. We are bright travelers, swollen moon and beauty that chants down our birth right.
Traveled Bodies: Policing Blackness and the Technology of State Violence (A HERstorical Improvisation) is a multimedia meditation on the pervasive tapestry of police brutality as it progresses from slavery to now. The artists pay homage to the revolutionary women arts movement, our resilient bodies who continue to create under this haunting violence, and our sisters and brothers locked up in modern day plantations here and abroad.
a luta continua!
*EVIDENCE: An Art Show About Police Brutality*
upstairs at 305 E. Chapel Hill St.
“Evidence”, a community-based participatory art/performance show honoring lives taken and threatened by police brutality.
(Stay tuned for Greensboro opening on Friday November 10th, 6pm-10pm)
With powerful testimonies from family members of those killed by police brutality:
Mr. Butch Stewart, father of Gil Barber
and Ms. Brenda Howerton, mother of Daryl and Charles Howerton
Featuring sizzling-hot performances starting at 8pm from:
*the Artistic Response Crew of Ubuntu!, Durham’s women-of-color and survivor-led coalition against sexual assault
*Kaze, hip-hop artist-producer, Soul Dojo Records, co-founder of UNC’s Hip-Hop Nation
*Omari Fox, spoken-wordsmith from South Carolina
*Solomon Burnette, Durham emcee
And incredible artwork:
*Sculpture: Alexis Pauline Gumbs
*Painting: Cornelio Campos
*Posters: DRL Toons
*Prints: Malcolm Goff, Manju Rajendran, Mark Dixon
*Film: Markos Chapa-Gonzales
*Drawings: JB, Omari Fox
*Collage: Isabell Moore
*Sound collage of police radio traffic: Fiona Barnett and Tennessee Watson
And photographs of loved ones, writings, or other offerings you want to make to the Stolen Lives/Healing Altar.
Here’s why we gotta speak out:
Gil Barber, a 22-year old naked and unarmed black man from High Point, NC, was gunned down by the police on May 18, 2001. His car had crashed earlier that night and Deputy Thomas Gordy was summoned by a 911 call in response to Gil’s attempts to get help – Gil was naked in the middle of the street waving his arms and shouting at passing motorists. Gil’s teeth and a lot of his blood were found inside a nearby church behind broken glass doors. The Sheriff and DA refuse to reveal details about what may have happened to Gil before Gordy’s arrival, and the area near the church was bulldozed before Gil’s parents were able to conclude anything about the time between the crash and their son’s death. Since then, Gil’s parents, Butch Stewart and Jessie Barber have worked endless hours to get a grasp on the whole story of his death, but their civil case was denied a hearing in court. June 29th, 2006, Federal District Judge James A. Beaty dismissed the suit against Deputy Thomas Gordy and Sheriff BJ Barnes. In his official opinion, Judge Beaty stated, “it is abundantly clear that Deputy Gordy acted in a reasonable manner under the circumstances.” It is in no way clear to many residents of the community that justice was served. “Evidence” is an art show addressing police brutality and the humanity of its victims and survivors. Our exhibit begins at the point where the court averts its eyes. We will be sharing personal stories, spoken word, groundbreaking artwork in various media, and actual courtroom evidence.
We are consciously following a powerful civil rights tradition. On September 3, 1955, Mamie Till, the mother of Emmett Till, had an open casket funeral for her son, to show how badly Emmett Till’s body had been mutilated, allowing tens of thousands of people to witness what the court ignored. After the murder of 21-year old Fred Hampton in December 1969 by the FBI and Chicago Police, the Black Panther Party tore away police tape at the site of the crime. A line of Chicago residents streamed many blocks to view in person the blood-soaked bed where Chicago police had pumped bullets into Hampton’s body while his pregnant fiancee watched in horror (before she was dragged into the street and beaten). When the courts fail to hear the evidence or make unjust racist/ classist/ sexist/ heterosexist decisions, we have to bring the truth to light by our own means.
The show will run October 20th-November 6th, 2006 at Transom Gallery, and will open in Greensboro November 10th.
919.618.0442 or 336.209.4641
Become our myspace friend! www.myspace.com/evidenceartshow
Read more about:
Gil Barber and the NC chapter of October 22 Coalition (http://ncoct22.org/Gil-s-Story.html )
Daryl and Charles Howerton ( http://www.indyweek.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A15238)
Ubuntu! (iambecauseweare.wordpress.com )
Transom Gallery (www.thetransomgallery.com )
Kaze + Soul Dojo records (www.souldojo.com) Don’t miss Kaze when he opens for Method Man on October 29th at Cat’s Cradle and opens for Dead Prez in Greensboro on November 6th.
Alexis Pauline Gumbs (http://brokenbeautifulpress.blogspot.com/)
DRL Toons ( http://www.drltoons.com/)
Malcolm Goff (http://www.glancegallery.com/artists/goff.html ) Ride over to Glance in Raleigh for his opening, same night!
Carlene Spirit Roberts, performing at Greensboro show (www.myspace.com/thediversitypoeteducators)