Dream: To allow people to walk one day in the shoes of a black person. Providing them with the insight to our lives, the beautiful and hardships.
Vision: Create an entire body of work around hoodies and what they symbolize when placed on the black male.
Goal: Project idea: ” Hooded” (a tentative name)
As a storyteller, I am always trying to figure out how to play a viewer in someone else’s shoes. The idea I have is to create an installation piece that highlights an aspect of the black male experience, wearing a hoodie. When this garment is placed on the black body what transformation occurs? Often, such men are criminalized and stripped of their humanity. Media portrayal has shaped this narrative.
I wish to highlight and challenge these notions. From a historical standpoint, I want to understand the process of being hooded (of placing on a hood). Imagine walking into a room and you see a hoodie dangling from a ceiling by wires. It is positioned in the center of the room. And as you approach the hoodie you are instructed (either through visuals or audio) to put on the piece of clothing. So you unhook the jacket from the wires and place it on. When you flip the hood up onto you head you are then taken taken down a journey about someone who lost their life due to racial injustice. Embedded within the hoodie are headphones that will play the audio and there are sensors that can detect the hoodie is place on your head.
Here is a sketch of the hoodie with the headphones.