Paradise II (Flooding)


On view
New Narratives: Intergenerational Storytelling, Pao Arts Center, Boston, MA
Paradise I (Flooding) is a performance first shared on March 16, 2021, the day of a racially motivated shooting spree in three massage parlors across Atlanta, and during the second wave of COVID-19 lockdowns in the U.S.

A few years ago, I got a pair of cheap slippers and had to tape one of the straps after it ripped. I wanted to honor how they had taken me places, even if they never left my house, so I washed them in a porcelain bowl I usually save for nice meals.  I wanted to sit with the labor that immigrants perform to maintain the objects that anchor their ways of living. That is, the objects that make up their personal forms of paradise within an unwelcoming and perpetually foreign land.

Toni Morrison wrote: “All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.” I know that memories are travelers and, like many travelers, they resist containment. Over 24 minutes, the water in the bowl gets dirtier and spills out—an ephemeral memory of cleaning a worn object.

The series meditates on the visible and invisible labor of care and the intimate politics of bodies in spaces hidden from public view.


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