Denial

KUBANGWA (Congo Folklore) There was a king who owned many dogs. Every day when he came to the table to eat, he would call his dogs to share his food. He loved all his dogs, but there was one he loved more than all the others – Kubangwa. The Queen was nine months pregnant and…

Offerings III

Site Inspired performance piece set in Miami, Florida’s Gould’s Park. Supported by Bass Fisher Invitational and O’ Miami. Offerings III considered the ethics behind entering and exiting a community and the imprints we as performers/ artists can leave behind in spaces that already have a rich history. Contributing artists include Hattie Mae Williams, Loni Johnson, Jadele…

Stages of Grief- Still Movements

Further exploring the five stages of grief and linking them to the Sites Specific Installation Photography Project where Yoruba folklore and bottle trees are explored and abstracted to my own ritual of protecting spaces around me; I share three of the five stages of grief are explored through film and dance. Dancer/ Choreographer Hattie Mae…

Bargaining

This image represents one of five Sites Specific Photography Installations. Five different locations in Miami, Fl will be adorned with novena candles that I have used within my ritual practices. Inspired by the tradition and history of bottle trees I search for locations within the community to offer a visual and physical reminder of history,…

Another Image: Yemaya

“Another Image” pays homage to Yemaya through a sites specific offering on South Beach. Text by Audre Lorde, Zami a New Spelling Of My Name. Click on this link to watch video!    

Another Image: Oya

The Oya Experience: The Miami City Cemetery sits quietly in between northeast second and north Miami avenue this late afternoon. The clouds are bloated with Yemaya’s tears awaiting the right moment to release all of her children’s sorrows. Loni is dressed in a pleated rainbow skirt, purple and red head scarf, with a beaded necklace…

Another Image Questionaire

As a community reflection on “Another Image,” the Sites Specific Photography Project, we hope to bring many demographics, practitioners of all studies, and individuals who challenge the institutional framing of art practices together for a collective questionnaire.

She Has Something To Say…

These photos explore my cultural backgrounds, the frustrations of being exploited as a woman of color, and Miami landscapes that aids in both rich and bleak surroundings that communities and individuals experience on a daily basis. Part of this project grew from the realization that I felt it important to express and archive my heritage…

Orisha-Hindu Pairing

Oggun/Hanuman parallel Eleggua/ Obatala/ Ganesha parallel Ochun/Lakshmi parallel Oya/ Parvati parellel Yemaya/ Ganga parellel  

Yoruba, Hinduism and Egyptian practices..

Through my own studies and practices I could not help but find connections to Hindu, Egyptian, and Yoruba gods Sadashiva, Amon and Elegba. All three of these gods or deities had some involvement in the creation of the universe and or have the ability to destroy worlds, “change or close paths.  Also, similarities revolved around…

Resources & References

Beier, Ulli. Yoruba Myths. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1980. Print. Cheik Anta Dio, Precolonial Black Africa ( Trenton, NJ: Africa World press co-published with Lawrence Hill, 1992), p.216 Cortez, Julio García. The Osha: Secrets of the Yoruba-Lucumi-Santeria Religion in the United States and the Americas: Initiation, Rituals, Ceremonies, Orishas, Divination, Plants, Sacrifices, Cleansing, Songs. Brooklyn, NY: Athelia Henrietta,…