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    vol. ii

    Returning Home

    — vol. ii

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


    Video · May 27, 2018


    Returning, unbecoming, becoming. Healing isn’t linear. How can I listen to the names of the people who came before me? Can I feel them? Are they speaking? Am I listening? Healing isn’t. Are they reaching? Linear. Was that it?

    There was a time that my body was greeted by the sun and wrapped in abundance-lush, loved. Healing. My form, my family, fractured and spread. Planted. Growing against the wind and with the wind. Linear? I reach, swaying limbs of our tree, for my sisters, for myself, for my healing isn’t linear. For my rest. To put this down. To take this up. To wear it, to flaunt it. Have it for my own, for our own. For us. For me. Returning home. For we.

    This conceptual art video represents my path to my first home, myself. It describes how a connection to the community can cultivate self-love, reveal lost history, and generate a process for gentle self-creation. This visual piece is a part of a more significant movement and optical performance called Inheritance- a physical exploration of how the bodies of women of the African Diaspora in the US hold both trauma and the power of healing.


    Rebecca KellyG conceived this video.

    The women featured in the video:
    Rebecca KellyG @rebeccakelly_g creator of @blackabundancebk, Aimee Chambers-McKay @chambermusick, and Crysta Bloom @thebloomsisterhoodsociety.

    Director, choreographer, stylist: Rebecca KellyG
    Video by: Electrick Blanket Films, Greg Thompson

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    Rebecca KellyG

    Rebecca KellyG is a Brooklyn-based artist, facilitator, and creator of Black Abundabce BK, a platform celebrating Black life in Brooklyn. She is committed to creating work that bridges the perceived gap of art and activism, and her background as a former civil rights attorney and theatre practitioner give her a unique foundation for this work. In addition to her freelance facilitation practice and artistry, she is an Adjunct Professor at Wagner College where she was awarded The Diversity and International Action Council Award for Diversity and Inclusion for her course Race, the Arts, and Activism. She was also recently selected as a 2018 Create Change Artist Fellow with The Laundromat Project.

    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.

    Disconnecting to Reconnect

    The Black Girl Magik collective supports each member in her healing journeys through our annual self-care break. During this time we disconnect from social media to the capacity our programming allows, the internet and other distractions to further reconnect with ourselves. Additionally, we take this time to re-engage with the mission of the collective and to return the root of what it means to organize and build collectively. We are now considering what this self-care break can look like when we invite transparency into our restoration process, and engage our community through physical programming.

    The main goal of our residency with Powrplnt is to provide resources for women of color to engage in restoration and healing and to define self-care on their terms. We aim to: 1) conjure the capacity to center the resilience of women of color; 2) provide resources for women of color to engage in restoration and healing with us, and to define self-care on their terms; 3) host programming, open studios and discussions for and with the community.

    Healing is a journey and we are honoring this journey as a collective by disconnecting from social media, the internet and other distractions to further reconnect with ourselves. We invite you to join us and can’t wait to share how you can meet us IRL.

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