“This self-portrait series entitled “syzygy, the vision”, is be comprised of images from around the globe which examine far-reaching facets of intersectional disadvantage that manifest through an enduring history of unsettling cultural conflicts and legacies. This series defines and memorializes a universal cosmos of a conscious past, present, and future as an adaptable contemplation of Afrofuturism for the twenty-first century.
Using the framework of Afrofuturism as an interdisciplinary cultural aesthetic that draws upon black culture from the African diaspora and its intersection with technoculture and science fiction, ‘syzygy, the vision’ symbolizes the universal alter ego. They tell a narrative specific to brown and black bodies about existential identities shaped by conflicting societal norms about ‘being’ and ‘otherness’ within a technological and global orbit.
Syzygy is the reflection of the truth seeker in a world where equity, justice, and humanity continue to be denied and ignored. Can our truth-seekers lead us to the place where we are superhuman – shedding our black bodies of institutional “isms”? Why do black bodies have to be superhuman today, tomorrow, or yesterday? This series reflects my hope for a divine future where we can soar far away from hashtag chatter into a narrative of substantive pure joy and value.”