Close

Black Kin/ New Kin: The Forest Burns At Midnight

"Black mothers wail a virgin rainfall as eulogies bleed like hand-me-down fabric from Christ; black bodies stain the pavement in crimson red." - Morel Doucet 

"Black Kin/ New Kin: The Forest Burns At Midnight," is an interdisciplinary installation, performance and video works that examine the realities of climate gentrification in the Black Diasporic communities of South Florida. In scavenging rock segments, flowers and plant matter between Little Haiti and Overtown, the work traces and maps out historical precedents that have defined these communities in the last seventy years.

Using motifs of the New Jim Crow and popular black media the metaphorical "burning forest" alludes to episodes of violence and social-environmental trauma on black bodies. As a forest burns, fire consumes everything in its path leaving behind a devoid landscape and charred carbon footprint of its prior histories. Night, a veil of mischief and fear overtakes the body like the doomsday clock; people of African descent are chastised, disposed and vilified in their communities restricting the diasporic of cultural growth, communal preservation, and legislative protection resulting in a burning absence of identity.

In the event black bodies cease to exist with the threat of climate gentrification, the land the diasporic inhabit still hold the cultural memories and genetics of their existence; the trees, plants, and flowers are gatekeepers of time; they anchor the dreams and hopes of the community. Proposed video works and installation includes the crack epidemic of the 1980's, documented cases of police brutality, sentencing disparities against blacks and the lasting social impact of these practices on the community. In addition to video works, drawings will accompany the installation confronting the viewer with the inconvenient truth in how the diasporic navigates the western gaze of capitalism but feared and dismissed in social spaces such as Starbucks, Waffle House, and Malls.

 

Child and Madonna 

Runtime: 4:40 minutes
Production Date: June 2018 - December 2018
Audio Album: Black Boy Gold
Narration: Poet Jasmine Mans,
Track One: "Let It Be"
Track Two: "Black Son" 

33425482_10216386101909653_7719535576562532352_n.jpg

Black Boy Run

(Carbon Drawing, the Pork and Beans, Martin Luther King Boulevard)
Medium: Assorted Charcoal Densities, Aerosol Black, Flora & Fauna
Dimension: 22" x 30"
Year: 2018

32260499_741998972672731_3563901890137686016_n.jpg

Baptized In A River Of Fire

(Carbon Drawing, Little Haiti, N.E. 75 St)
Medium: Assorted Charcoal Densities, Aerosol Black, Flora & Fauna
Dimension: 42' x 52'
Year: 2018

unnamed.png

Ghosted, Spare The Man - Burn The Trees 

(Carbon Drawing, Colored Town, N.W. 3rd Avenue) 
Medium: Assorted Charcoal Densities, Aerosol Black, Flora & Fauna
Dimensions: 22" x 30 "
Year: 2018

Doucet_05.jpg

Cane Sugar, A Ghetto Garden

(Carbon Drawing, Liberty Square, N.W. 63rd St)
Mediums: Assorted Charcoal Densities, Aerosol Black, Flora & Fauna
Dimensions: 39" x 52"
Year: 2018

Doucet_04.jpg

Man of War 

(Carbon Drawing, El Portal, N.E. 86 St)
Medium: Assorted Charcoal Densities, Aerosol Black, Flora & Fauna
Dimension: 22” x 30”
Year: 2018

Child, and Madonna by Morel Doucet

Black mothers wail a virgin rainfall

as eulogies bleed like hand-me-down fabric

from Christ; black bodies

stain the pavement in crimson red.

We the children of the copper-sun

is the regal Black Madonna, caramelized

brown skin dances in the sultry summer.

Our palms hold a Georgian tradition, smiles

painted as laughter on the smear of our faces.

We chastise nightfall for the fear of

our shadows, clothes stained

with broken promises."