The Line is Drawn

Natalie Wood

2007, 00:32 minutes, Colour, English


The exhibition’s accompanying video explores the transformative power of speech/discourse echoing bell hooks assertion of “talking back” as a revolutionary gesture. Simple and austere, this experimental narrative begins in a stark white space, and follows the image of a woman gesturing a whisper. As she holds her hand to her face, animated lines mimicking sound waves travel across the space, increasing in intensity, filling the empty room from one side to the other, meeting in the middle in abstracted cacophony. Underscoring the severity of silence in Black women’s lives, the work calls forth the challenge to find spaces to speak and be heard, while recognizing the function of oral history and memory as a living stronghold of cultural, historical and spiritual survival and as a revolutionary act.

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