Project: Dancing in the Streets (2020 -ongoing)
Project: Dancing in the streets is an archive made by BIPOC folks dedicated to joy, resistance, and resilience. These images can be of anything or anyone, any moment or situation at home or outside. The images that make up the archive were taken between March 19 and November 1st, 2020. Something that underlines our necessity of archiving and bringing together these images is the common practice of usually showing images of violence and pain of BIPOC folks. This archive is about us and for us. There is more to us than what the media decides to show.
The title of the project, Dancing in the Streets, comes from a song by Martha and the Vandellas, that was unofficially adopted by the Black Panthers as an anthem in the 1960's.
"Calling out around the world
Are you ready for a brand new beat
Summer's here and the time is right
For dancing in the streets"
During these tough and uncertain times, most of us have been at home, but some of us have not had the privilege to do so. Some of us had to go back to work, some of us have been out protesting putting our lives and health at risk. We have been able to recognize the importance of community and how much we need one another. We have found new meaning on what is to have another day of life.