BLACK INFINITY

by nadijah

 

BLACK INFINITY

An on-going series by Nadijah Robinson

 Just at a time when a post-racial era is supposed to unearth peace and love among races, we see a vicious racism bursting forth into that undeniably visible space of our collective unconscious – the media. It seems as if it is open season on Black people. We continue to see an intensification of violence against Black people perpetrated by law-enforcement, the injustice and ignorance of the legal system, the education system, and every facet of the state and private sectors. The war on Black has never really ended. There is no corner of the world untainted by the vileness of anti-Black racism, and this is a fact that has hardened the hearts and perfected the resilience-response of Black people. Black people have inherited a struggle against our own misuse, abuse and annihilation. We have inherited a magical strength, vulnerability and limitless cultural colour so that we continue to produce and define ‘cool’, art, worth and ourselves. We are beautiful beyond measure, and hunted for it.

BLACK INFINITY illuminates the hidden details of our existence. How do we deal with, understand and assimilate the pain, the grief, the anger, the pride, the joyous loud-belly laughter of our inheritance? How do we visualize ourselves into the future? How do we honour, place, and praise those who have gone before, those who are stolen from us as we were once stolen? The on-going series begins to tell a different kind of story about Black people, one in which we survive into forever.

BLACK INFINITY = a bit of black swagger + magical realism + broken hearts + ancestor worship + afrofuturism

Reckoning (Black Infinity), 2012

Nadijah Robinson

Mixed media on wood panel

12 x 24.5 inches

$500

Live with the ominous memory of ancestors, generations, grandparents, and great- grandparents surviving, resisting, being killed and choosing homegoing instead of the indignity and putrid reality of centuries of slavery. Then imagine they returned, for a reckoning.

A Double-Edged Sword 

(Black Infinity), 2012

Nadijah Robinson

Mixed media on wood panel

12 x 24 inches

$385

Who may justifiably bear arms and use them against another human being? When Black people bear arms, they are made more powerful and more vulnerable. The bullets are cycled, returned, turned against others, and ourselves.

Not Your Victim, for TWOC 

(Black Infinity), 2012

Nadijah Robinson

Mixed media on wood panel

12 x 24 inches

$385

Trans* women of colour are being hunted in Chicago and elsewhere. Their self-defense is criminalized as in the case of Cece McDonald. Their right to live and survive is being defiled. Brightest lights are snuffed out in silence, and we can hear their voices whistling out in the turn of a stomach harboring anger, in the rising temperature of a squeezed fist, of palms pressed together in fear. Self defense means fighting back.

Seven H(a)unted Acquitted Police, for Junior Manon 

(Black Infinity), 2012

Nadijah Robinson

Mixed media on wood panel

12 x 36 inches

$600

Police violence occurs without consequence, and beyond the grief of our loss of loved ones, the lack of justice attempts to erase our existence. 18 year old healthy boys do not die suddenly of heart attacks in a run-in with seven police officers. Police officers, trespassers, carry and smuggle our young and old into their next lives. The officers’ lives are cursed. They will live with the weight of the responsibility of murder on their chests until it colours the lives of their generations to come.