Kweli W Kitwana
SHEltereD In pLace RESISTance aRt, by kWeli KiTWaNa. (c) 2020
I have posted several of my creations on my FB Page. Much of this art has been created during my shelter in place; and, the recent Anti-Black justice protest. I am primarily working through my thoughts about Black Ppl and our rightful existence and unapologetic resistance. We are, especially our Ancestors, Elders and Children, a people who have nothing to prove-and, only demand our rightful place in the world as contributors and believers. We ask for nothing to be handed to us, accept a cleared path to carry on our business of living our lives. All of this art is recycled and altered materials. The figures in the work, are tiny symbols of "statues" who are keepers of historical truth. I am using hand dyed fibers in indigo, representing the undeniable power of currency over people, hence the enslavement of Africans. The red dye (madder root) is a representation of Black people's suffering, resistance and determination.
Much of the beads highlights adornment and grace. Also, the appropriating, mimicking and the fascination of POC's culture and rituals.