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Virtual Residency: Works_on_Water Instagram Takeover

As part of a virtual event for Walking the Edge NYC 2020, I was invited to do a virtual residency that occurred from June 5th- June 11th. This residency was an Instagram takeover of works_on_water and involved posting for 7 consecutive days. WoW is a collective of artists and curators who “make art on/in/with the water in response to the urgency of a changing climate, urban density, and ecological concerns.” For the posts, I walked near the edges of Jamaica Bay, performed a ritual, sang, created videos, took photographs, marched, wrote poems, reflected on water justice and racial justice, and culminated the posting with an invitation for the public to engage in creating an outdoor / indoor installation or make phone calls to elected officials.

Walking the Edge NYC was created in partnership with WoW, Culture Push and the NYC Dept of City Planning. This event brought awareness of the water’s edge around NYC and invited the public to engage in thinking about the surrounding waters and future plans for the development of NYC’s shorelines.

The work I created for the series of posts was responsive to the moment of intensifying protests and rebellions around the murder of George Floyd and the demand of justice for Black lives through The Movement for Black Lives.