Genocidal Music: Queen Latifah_ Marcus Garvey 2015
NOELLE LORRAINE WILLIAMS
Noelle Lorraine Williams is an artist whose life's work exemplifies her continued interest in engaging people in conversations using art, history and contemporary culture, as well as writing about the ongoing spiritual crisis in the United States.
Installation Detail, Harriet Tubman station, 2017 (Photo by Stafford Woods)
Installation detail, Beaded Ring Shout Circle, Video "Shout All Over God's Heaven"
WALK ALL OVER GOD'S HEAVEN
Video, sound, bead sculpture
Paul Robeson Gallery
Rutgers, Newark NJ
Installation and video detail "Walk All Over God's Heaven
Installation detail, Beaded Ring Shout Circle, Harriet Tubman station
Studio Detail, Walk All Over God's Heaven
Installation detail, Studio "America" sign
Installation detail, Beaded Ring Shout Circle, Video "Shout All Over God's Heaven" and Video "Homesick" (Photo by W. Strub)
When Korryn Gaines (center of installation) was murdered by Officer Royce Ruby Jr. in her home in the presence of her son in 2016, public responses ranged from anger about police murdering a 23 year-old-woman while attempting to serve traffic tickets to condemnation of Gaines for not "obeying" police.
Korryn, pictured half faced in the middle, mirroring the partial view of the officer (as documented by her on Instagram) stalking her by the door, besides the 1911 lynching postcard image of Laura Nelson, beside a ritual mask entitled "Black Face Jesus.”
Harriet Tubman in the center of the circle connects all three.
The circle is sculptural interpretation of the ring shout a spiritual and cultural dance created by African Americans.
This project "Genocidal Music Remix" presents through video, meditation and hand beaded sculpture African American women's cultural freedom movements and significantly the resistance against them.
The videos “Shake All Over God’s Heaven” and “Homesick” both document the ways that culture is resistance for African Americans and how Irving Berlin manipulated and mimicked African American sacred music for a 1927 Billboard hit and consequently built a cultural industry that sought to internationally discredit the humanity and civil rights of the very people they stole from.
Video still "Homesick" at Index Gallery in Newark, NJ