SEPTEMBER and Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo are pleased to present Collective Survival, a project being shown with NADA Foreland. Situated in selected passageways throughout the site, five sandwich boards nod to and speak the language of collective survival.
Included in the project is a takeaway risograph printed poster that centers the becoming work of Activation Residency. A new farm and sanctuary, in the Hudson Valley, that centers the rest and collective survival of Black, Indigenous, Queer, Trans, people of color. We invite you to join us in supporting their work and existence. More info at: activationresidency.com
Branfman-Verissimo's work investigates and amplifies unseen and re-claimed histories including land, monuments, and Black, queer and diasporic voices of the current moment. Their sandwich boards are brightly painted in their signature text-based visual language, combining sourced and created content that speaks of collective survival.
"Collective Survival gives power to the past, present and future making that I can’t imagine a world without. Calling in the words of Black lesbian poet, Lucille Clifton, “Won’t you celebrate with me…that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed”, to mark our living with the fact that life is a series of daily survivals. That when we take the time to celebrate, honor and bask in the ways and forms of our collective survival, we become stronger. Text from Akwaeke Emezi’s biography, Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir, which talks about our relational dependency and the ways we see, fight, thrive and survive through and with each other… “We lend our power to each other's spell.” Fragments from conversations with beloveds in my life about the deep work and nourishment practices of crafting and forming kinship. Naming all ingredients of a giving kinship space….webs, lovers, spiritual lube, quilts, nets, co-breathing. And questions always for the crafting, dreaming and creating of our ongoing collective survival."