In 2016, after the election of the 45th president, I wrote a text. A long free writing text to describe the people and scenes of this country that I knew: a broad and rich existence of Blackness, queerness, diversity, and love. That particular moment of time in the US was particularly violent against communities that are non-white, straight, and Christian. I wanted to loudly push back against that violence through this work. The text I wrote became the basis for a mural that I installed in November 2016 in Oklahoma. The very conservative and republican state of Oklahoma, where I grew up, was the exact place to create a 20 foot mural featuring the faces of Black and brown people. It read “America is Black. It is Native. It wears a hijab. It is a Spanish speaking tongue. It is migrant. It is a woman. It is here. Has been here. And it’s not going anywhere.” The response to this mural was incredible. People - Black, brown, young, old, queer, and straight - took photos in front of it, created protest signs using the text from it, and used images of the mural as their own digital
The following year, I expanded that mural and text piece into a social engagement public art series. I traveled to different cities across the country to interview Black and brown people about their lives within white spaces where they were racialized and made to feel like the other. Seattle is Black, for example.
These posters are for purhcase here on my store.
They are very dear to me because of the times in which I created them. In 2020, I created a second AIB poster as a response to the incredibly difficult moment we faced at the start of the COVID 19 pandemic.
I’ve seen pictures of these posters in school classrooms, in storefront windows, attached to cardboard and carried at protest marches. I consider this work a staple in my career. These posters will live on my site for a while and I hope they continue to bring folks inspiration and solidarity.