Plight Release and the Diasporic Body: Everyday Saturday | 2017
This series of works bask in blackness as everyday diasporic phenomena and traverses, through the body and movement, what a diasporic orientation offers us as a guide towards individual and collective restoration.The purpose is to sustain practices of togetherness and solidarity by centering lived experiences and movement as fertile and effervescent resources.
Everyday Saturday works to capture and imagine the gestural, common, and less visible locations of black/African diasporic movement—where it lives in the crevices. It is inspired by the Saturday morning clean up ritual that took place weekly in the Southern U.S., North Florida city of Tallahassee, in the Frazier/Jones home. Cleaning up was/is a time to get down to LPs, cassette tapes, CDs, and eventually streaming. Singing and dancing while cleaning goes way back and makes work feel like family. This work is nostalgic restoration that dreams the ritual of everyday, converging remembrances of home and coming of age in the 80s & 90s.