(Middle) Passage for Dreams is a multichannel video art project that features Black bodies at rest in benevolent landscapes while discussing assorted contemporary topics, including notions of empowerment, existentialism, and what it means to be Black in America at this time. The video and its installation reclaims Black bodies from the spectacles of death and trauma that are continuously circulating in our screen-dependent era. The work interrogates land marked by America’s violent history (i.e. black bodies on ground and police brutality, black bodies against trees and lynching, black bodies in water and the transatlantic slave trade, black bodies on plantations). The project was filmed over a three year period at sites across the United States and in all four seasons. — Helina Metaferia
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