The artist, in her statement on this show, says she didn't think she could make this show happen and she didnt WANT to because, as she eloquently states;, "everything sucks." Yet she completed the show by looking back at the people who came before her and realizing that the work is what a "beginning looks like."
But let's quote her more directly--
"I made this show for my ancestors. And for Drake. I made this show for Little Rodney, and cousin David. There they are in my Dad's quintessential 70's dining room, looking at the camera, not knowing their lives will be cut short - but looking like they understand everything. In two new large scale works I continue my investigation of the 500-page FBI surveillance file kept on my father, Rodney Barnette, who founded the Compton, California, chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968. My glittering holographic redactions propose a counter-surveillance, a resistance and a restorative technology. A lightbox image of a street sign bearing the name of Martin Luther King Jr., set against a galactic sky, imagines a black space beyond gentrification and police violence and volunteers to follow Sun Ra from Oakland to the stars. I've also included in this show my first video work - a medium that is making a strong case for itself in my practice."
Find out more about Sadie Barnette HERE.