Video performance, 2014

Beginning in 2002, I embarked on a series of video work called the Inertia Cycle. The primary focus of these videos is to explore physicality and intense exertion as it relates to the black body. As a society, we admire athletics. We revel in watching athletes push their bodies to their limits. In the Inertia Cycle I am exploring the theatrics of physical labor. The video performance piece Relay conveys the quiet heroics of a community. Working as a meditative projection, viewers caught glimpse of Somali-Americans using the action of running as a metaphor for labor in this transformative journey. In Relay, a team of people are striving to move forward and the viewer is provided an intimate glimpse of struggle as it relates to identity.

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