From ArtNews: New York City Picks Artist to Replace Monument That Honored Doctor Who Experimented on Slaves, After Another Proposal Is Withdrawn

I continue to have mixed feelings about monuments on indigenous land, whether or not they mark the site of injury of indigenous and Black folks. The feelings are mixed. This monument looks beautiful and I hope to be at the dedication if and when it is announced. There are many Sims statues to be torn down, altered. There are many narratives of history to relearn, unlearn. This is, perhaps, one way to do so.

This whole deal makes me think about the novel Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy. What do we do with narratives of our past that were harmful? Do we render it to alter the course of our future? In which case, what do monuments that mark the site of Black injury do for Black future? We already know what Sims’s statue marked.

See Vinnie Bagwell’s mockup at the link over at ArtNews

http://www.artnews.com/2019/10/08/vinnie-bagwell-simone-leigh-sims-monument/

Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving's Story Explains Why

My first job out of high school was as an administrative assistant for Black Infant Health of California in Littlerock, CA. I didn’t know this would be a trajectory that I’d continue to work with or even think about. And I think about it often. What I learned there, at the age of 19, is that Black women have the highest infant and mother mortality rate of any ethnic group across class. This is structural inequity based on race and gender. Shalon Irving’s story haunts me because she could be me. As I think about my own fertility, unfortunately I am often thinking about whether or not I would survive pregnancy or birth. This doesn’t have to be the case.

I was reminded that today is the ten year anniversary of day one for my ORDEAL WITH MEDICINE, the events that led up to the research behind PATIENT. So in memory of that process and for the sake of reminding myself that this project is close to my body while also a disembodied experience, I will post the RAW DATA for the personal experience component of this project. They are journal entries written during and after the fact. Mostly so I could keep my own memories mine.  www.patientpoems.com

I was reminded that today is the ten year anniversary of day one for my ORDEAL WITH MEDICINE, the events that led up to the research behind PATIENT. So in memory of that process and for the sake of reminding myself that this project is close to my body while also a disembodied experience, I will post the RAW DATA for the personal experience component of this project. They are journal entries written during and after the fact. Mostly so I could keep my own memories mine. www.patientpoems.com