A Bed for JUSTICE
What keeps a colored girl up a night?
Justice, and the lack thereof. Does Justice sleep, where is her home and bed? Is she, like the colored girl, plagued by her absence, voluntarily or otherwise?
“This Land is OUR Land” is a 5’ x 3’ hand braided flag created by the artist Tasha Dougé, a native of the Bronx, NY. The flag was loving nicknamed “Justice” while being photographed by Jessica and Oliver Tingling, the husband and wife duo of Boogie Down Spring Productions (BDSP). Held up with outstretched arms, ordained on a church pew, draped across a colored girl’s bare back, barred from gracing George Washington’s presence, laid at the feet of a memorial for enslaved Africans and finally, laid to rest across train tracks, a tumultuous day with Justice was chronicled in photographs. Is it any wonder why she can’t get a good night’s rest?
Repeatedly we asked, “Where is ‘Justice’?” The conversations shared throughout the day indicate the continued pursuit and struggle for justice, the lack of justice, and the sustained hope for justice. A Bed for Justice, is a photographic series seeking to impart that Justice, like the colored girl is never comfortable, seldom still, restless, seeking first to address the ills of the past in order to be present for the future. Her plight is both her tormentor and her salvation.
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