Over the past 20 years, I made a series of durational, multistakeholder, rights-focused projects on artist safety (freeDimensional), the right to the city (Lanchonete.org), and HIV-related stigma (Luv ‘til it Hurts).
A project can be testing ground for an urgent new form.
A friend, Gaby Kemzo Malou sees himself as a porteur du projet that includes his sculpture and visual art practice; developing an art space in his hometown (Ziguinchor); and care-taking the studio of his former teacher, Moustapha Dime on Gorée Island. A simple idea that what we do in life is our 'project' resonates with me.
Even so, I make timed projects with a formalized stopping point for the sake of personal and professional reflection. After which I do my best to set them free...
The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.
—Antonio Gramsci, Prison Notebooks (1929-35)
The world is violent and mercurial—it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love—love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer; being a painter; being a friend. We live in a perpetually burning building, and what we must save from it, all the time, is love.
— Tennessee Williams to his biographer, James Grissom, Follies of God (2015)