Behind Each Window, A Voice

While living abroad I was humbled when made painfully aware that I was not considered an African American but simply an American. I was told "There is something about the way you walk..like you own the world, unquestionably American!". Which foreign born residents become entitled Americans? Who remains disenfranchised, on the fringes of society? This series of 20 works, created with a Brooklyn Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, explore the theme of immigrant identity. I gathered oral histories from 8 Brooklyn neighbors who were born abroad. They spoke of navigating American culture while struggling to maintain their heritage. 

   About the Land.   44" x32"

About the Land. 44" x32"

   Culture   17" 11"

Culture 17" 11"

Hunger Strike 44” x 32”

   Weren't Any Black People   17" x 11"

Weren't Any Black People 17" x 11"

   Despair   44” x 32”

Despair 44” x 32”

   Expose Myself   17" x 11

Expose Myself 17" x 11