mayfield brooks: "Letters To Marsha with Viewing Hours (a diptych)"
In 1992, mayfield brooks had a missed connection with queer ancestor Marsha P. Johnson. Based on danced and written love notes, Letters to Marsha explores the weight of bodies and history, and the artist’s own evolution as a Black, non-binary queer connecting specters of Black queer death to memory, movement, sound, humor, and pathos.
Also as part of the evening, brooks shares Viewing Hours, a piece that takes the form of a wake, with brooks examining perceptions of death and decay—specifically the spectacle of Black bodies dying, decomposing, and grieving in plain sight—and challenges the currency that makes Black death profitable.
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