“On a night of looking back we also took time to meditate and articulate the future. Muthi Reed and Angela Davis Johnson are multi-media artists that created The Hollerin’ Space at ROOTS Week – part-installation and part-participatory reflection space, it invited attendees to leave their own visions for the future. During Friday’s programming they prompted the audience to talk with the person beside them about how their work can support Black Lives Matter and Indigenous rights. In the midst of an evening of history we are still challenging ourselves to be active in the present: to commit to justice and write the songs and stories of this current civil rights battle.”
by Ashley Sparks [Alternate Roots 40th Reunion Coordinator] September 19, 2016
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Set at Medgar Evers’ derelict law office the freedom fighters portal was opened to honor freedom fighters and to acknowledge black complexity in the Historic Farish St. District in Jackson, MS
In Haints & Healing: the Hollerin Space we built relationships through the weekly gatherings which grew to create a unique body of artistic work, shared in community. Gathered, we walked & rallied in public, sang, made art, danced, drank at our community created Apothecary located at the museum. We partnered with the Smith-Robertson Museum to hold space for weekly meditations where BQT folks became the center of that space. Nollie Jenkins Family Center became one of our closest collaborating communities. We met weekly for 3 months. In gathering, we dreamed & grew relationships. Life as art. We imagined & re-imagined what the dreamspace is now for us and was like for our parents, grandparents & beyond. We began exploring tools like the internet in our art in Jackson, Mississippi. We began hashtagging photos and we asked our communities to hashtag any relevant social media posts #apothecary #portals #brewing #flocking #freedomfighters #allblackeverything #hollerinspace #thrones . became viral conductions FLOCKING generated from community conversations around changing mainstream media perceptions of Mississippi and Blackness in the South. We wanted to make a way to simultaneously celebrate and share
the hollerin quiet, an indoor/outdoor installation located in a christian chapel in Arden, North Carolina, was opened to honor the visibility of missing Black women. The space was held together by standing portraits of women tensioned together with rope while live mix soundscape (calls of hollerin) looped into the atmosphere from 2 bullhorn speakers projecting inside/out.
We partnered with artists Jean-Marie Mauclet and Gwylene Gallimard in a Charleston Rhizome Collective for a mini residency developing the architecture for our installation.