Weeksville Heritage Center / Brooklyn, NY
Through a rigorous process of excavation and cataloging, Kameelah Rasheed layers words and images to map signifiers of blackness in popular media and daily life. Rasheed creates archival assemblages from found materials in order to evoke the construction of race and citizenship in the United States. In the process, she recovers messages and motifs that challenge linear time progression and propose connectivity among what was, what is, and what will be.
For FUTURE PERFECT / indices & marginalia, Rasheed pieces together fragments from institutional collections, the Internet and Weeksville Heritage Center’s archives to illuminate the undertold history of liberation that shaped 19th century Weeksville and continues to take root in Black communities across the nation.