no names gods names her name
This project began as a conversation with 3 other artists about what the process of naming and renaming is and means in different communities. The Nature of Nomenclature was a group piece. Within this ensemble of performances, "no names to gods names her name" was a solo piece that explores the action and process of naming in individuals within the family structure and the naming of groups of people in the society structure.
As my name has reached its third iteration on my maternal line, I decided to research the meanings and relevance of my name to my family history and to the history of the region my family is from. In this research, I learned that there were many elements that were missing in the stories of the women that came before me.
I used these silences to create a video projection that played alongside my live performance of what I imagined of these women to be. Interlaced with the video montage were images from the 18th and 19th century photo archives at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Through this inter-disciplinary performance, the voices of the past and present met on one stage.