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    Returning Home

    — vol. ii



    The phenomenon of what we experience over many moments during this lifetime and the next.

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    Video · May 27, 2018

    I Gave Myself Space To Go Back…Pt. II



    It is a slowed moment where our past, present, and future self are on this earthly plane, at the same time, and are attempting to communicate, sync, and traverse space/time by utilizing light, reflection, sound, and the earth's own power.

    Along with drawn scrolls of ritual instructions and a sound piece that records the vibrations that this ritual creates, this piece is meant to elaborate on a particular belief I have, which is: Our past, present, and future selves...our kinfolks' past, present, and future selves all exist on this earthly plane at the same moment.

    And, in this way, when we attempt heal or better understand ourselves or them -- in this realm -- we heal and better understand those who have gone, those who are still here, and our future selves.

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    Yetunde Olagbaju

    Yetunde Olagbaju is a multidisciplinary artist, collaborator, and curator currently residing in Oakland, CA. Through their work, they concern themselves with time travel, space, source, vulnerability, ancestry, and the human relationship to the Blackness of the universe. Through video, installation, performance, photography, sound, and ritual they aims to sort through how we, as human beings, orient ourselves through our emotional and physical landscapes—our timeless internal and external worlds.



    This story is part of Returning Home, a theme that the Black Girl Magik collective explored and invited the community to investigate with us through a practice of communal healing and coalition building.

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