linear data | everything you do becomes a memory | a history of distance | prelude to annihilation | red white and blue
This post is the prelude to the three-part series entitled Annihilation | Red, White, and Blue. The central image theme throughout the series is based on the imprisoned interior rooms of the self. The thematic prose centers itself around how segregation, race, and inclusion shape the persona of the self—most notably through the destruction or evolution of the self.
linear data | remembering the victims of lynching | blood in the soil | the national memorial for peace and justice
There is an American history that has its dark roots in the shed blood of African-Americans, Native Americans, Latino Americans, and Asian Americans.
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, also known as the National Lynching Memorial is a national memorial to recognize the victims of lynching in the United States of America . The objective of the memorial is to acknowledge the past history of racial terrorism and bring forth the possibility of social justice. The memorial was founded by the Equal Justice Initiative. It is located in Montgomery, Alabama and opened its doors to the public on April 26, 2018.
Genocide: the deliberate killing of people who belong to a particular racial, political or cultural group.
Colonialism: control by one country over another area and its people.
A way in which we can move forward as a nation is by acknowledging our past. Beginning by having an honest dialogue on its horrific history. America needs to come to terms with the indisputable fact that this nation was built on the annihilation and forced labor of others; through the inhumane treatment and manipulation of indigenous people, and Chinese Americans, to the enslavement and disenfranchisement of African Americans and other minorities. America, in its totality—is not a White America.
linear data | the shape of water | make america great again | the rise of the minority and the rainbow coalition
The Shape of Water won numerous awards at the 2018 Academy Awards. Most notably for Best Picture and Best Director. As with his earlier film Pan’s Labyrinth, Director Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water continues the exploration of individual disenfranchisement and national conflict.
The Shape of Water was set in Baltimore, MD in the 1950’s. A period of time that our current President, Donald J. Trump presumably feels we need to return to—in order to “Make America Great Again”. I believe undoubtedly that the thought of his idea and many others like him in making America great again refers to the dominance of white nationalism, white privilege, and white supremacy in our national identity.
The Shape of Water intelligently turns the concept of the “monster” as “villain” into the embodiment of beauty found in the “other”. In a sharp contrast, there was the pundits—the alt-right propagandists/commentators on FOX News. Their description and analysis of the film was one of simply referencing “a woman having sex with a fish”. Debasing the motives of the film by decimating it and declaring it as a freak show. They also tried to politicize it by focusing their attacks on so-called “Hollywood Elites” and Liberals alike. Promoting the idea that the low viewership of the awards were due to the “American people” (I never feel they are talking about me or the vast majority of the America population when this phase is uttered on the political right)—being tired of politics in their entertainment. In reality, the film spoke truth to the oppressed, and marginalized: That they had a voice, even when unable to literally speak; that they weren’t second class citizens, a minority; and were free to be who they were in sexual orientation. In this regard the film was about freedom, the love that encapsulates freedom and the struggle we must undertake to possess that freedom.
In conclusion, I thought the film was masterly done and beautifully crafted. The lovely shades of green that permeated throughout the film. And the various ways in which water was manipulated was imaginative and powerful. True art.
In my interpretation of the film’s central visual construct (that being the ending sequence with the Amphibian Man and Eliza Esposito floating together in all-consuming rapture beneath the surface of the water), I wanted to create a rainbow coalition of linear and cubistic form to mirror this moment.
In an American society dominated by white supremacy, we often fail to call out the violent act of terrorism and of mass murder mostly perpetuated by the white identity extremist.
Supremacy : the quality or state of having more power, authority, or status than anyone else : the state of being supreme
In light of recent and historical events involving privilege, supremacy, oppression, and the obsession with the GUN, I am beginning a new series in which I hope to explore the psychosis and almost god-like transcendental link the white male (as the main component of supremacy) has, and has had, with societal domination, the psychology of entitlement, the innate will to conquer/subjugate others, and the inherent consequences of such machinations on society, women, and people of color.
In our interior rooms, I would start by sharing some sacred poems maybe….
The interior room of things. Colorful. Composed of data and moments. The beautiful memories we left behind.
Here in the interior rooms, we find the things we left behind. The data of memories and moments.