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The African Cemetery. Wall Mural. 2016

Monument A Surface is an installation that brings together a constellation of research and its visual representations that center around that act of memorializing and monument-making among divergent histories. The work considers the entanglement and intersection of histories to this region of Florida, and in doing so, is a reflection on the current state of socio-racial relationships in the larger United States. Reading three affective sites together: The AIDS Memorial, The African Cemetery, and the shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse, this project specifically uses the history of vernacular photography to question gestures that are meant to honor experiences of loss in an effort to be restorative, questioning, in the process, the audiences for whom the gestures serve.