Natalie Wood

2016, 08:00 minutes, Colour, English


Like the title suggests the video references the game Hangman.
It is about the slurs and derogatory names that we get called - sodomite, battygirl/ boo, ni**ger etc and the thought that what if every time those words are used it conjures up and re-members a queer/ black/ radicalized and racialized person who is ready to fight against these labels and painful put downs.

In Black Skin White Masks Fanon writes " A man who has a language consequently possesses the world expressed and implied by that language" and in Inventing Reality; Physics as Language, Bruce Gregory points out that language allows us to interpret our experiences and even the physical world and "how much of what we see is an optical illusion - an interpretation fabricated from our interaction with the world".

This piece engages with the notion that our reality is shaped by language and asks us to revolt against the derogatory and painful labels and names we get called. Also it asks us to create a new language that honors us and our experiences.

Hangman Interaction:
Please use the Chalk provided to complete the statements on the paper forms on the wall.

First crack the code and then fill in the letters in the blank spaces to complete the statements.

These statements derive from quotes from Martinique-born Afro-Caribbean psychiatrist, writer and post-colonial theorist Frantz Fanon;
Director of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Bruce Gregory; and African American writer, radical feminist, womanist, lesbian, and civil rights activist, Audre Lorde.

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