Stranger in the Village (2019)
In Stranger in the Village, I am referencing James Baldwin’s essay of the same name. Baldwin speaks about his relationship with Christianity and writes that “other children, having been taught that the devil is a Black man, scream in genuine anguish as I approach.” I try to establish the relationship between being Black, a demon and carnival culture and aesthetics in the Caribbean. In traditional Carnival, which is sometimes also referred to as ole mas, there are traditional carnival characters. One of them is called a Jab-jab, words that come from the French word diable, which means devil.
In Stranger in the Village, I become a demon and alien. The flashlight that follows me around in the room is meant to represent authority or some sort of policing.The light moves in a searching motion. I am standing in the middle of the room wearing a mask that I call Zorg (that means "care" in Dutch). It has two golden horns and pieces of mirrors throughout. At the end of the performance, I go to my knees and surrender.