These are the last ones. So many toxic things to deal with cops Covid capitalism - on and on. And over and overal again black women done figured it out for us. TV pundits are still looking for another Martin. In the streets we got a legion of Assatas. This one’s for #toyin Bless her heart. 🖤 - Cauleen Smith, Instagram, 16 June (2020)
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"Sojourner is currently on display in Cauleen Smith's solo exhibition Mutualities at The Whitney, New York: ""In Sojourner, a group of women walk in procession through sites including Dockweiler State Beach and Watts Towers in Los Angeles, carrying translucent orange banners—each emblazoned with part of a text by the jazz composer and spiritual leader Alice Coltrane, whose writings, along with those of Sojourner Truth, are spoken throughout the film.
Watts Towers, a cluster of seventeen sculptural spires designed and built by Italian American ironworker Simon Rodia in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles between 1921 and 1954, features prominently. The towers served as powerful symbols of hope and regeneration after surviving the 1965 Watts Rebellion unscathed. Smith locates a similar spirit in assemblage artist Noah Purifoy’s Outdoor Desert Art Museum in Joshua Tree, California, where the women end their procession and listen to a reading of the Black feminist Combahee River Collective manifesto.
These collective voices, echoed in contemporary footage of the Chicago-based activist coalition R3 (Resist. Reimagine. Rebuild.), fuse spirituality and activism into a potent articulation of self-realization and resistance."