Welcome to sistellablack.com - a digital altar space - featuring art, poetry, writing, community & scholarly work - which I am guided to do through the blood, sweat & wildest dreams of my ancestors. My maternal grandmother's middle name is Sistella. Her mother, my great grandmother's last name is Black. Sistella Black is a renaming and affirming of self, my warrior spirit, and to rememory the maternal line of Black women who raised me up in fyah. Sistella Black is rebirth, survival & abundance in joy.
"Troubling Identities" was on exhibit at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, for their 7th National Exhibition: Antillean: an Ecology. (Nassau, The Bahamas. Dec 2014 – May 2015); It was also featured at the HilgerBrotKunsthalle in Vienna, Austria, “Nassau Calling: Art in The Bahamas (Re)-visited.” (Sept – Nov 2015.)
Although the Caribbean is celebrated as a creolised “mix-up” space, there is much silence around race and Blackness in particular that simplify ancestry and celebrate a mixed-race or multicultural utopia. But the system of colourism remains in place, yet it ruptures within sites of families that are mixed race and working class, who resist silence and passing. “Troubling Identities” represents these issues at the intersections of race, colour, gender, class, and sexuality in The Bahamas specifically and the Caribbean more broadly. Through family photographs, poetry, and digital collage, this multimedia work seeks to make visible the submerged and vexed sexual-racial relationships that make up the Caribbean family.