Digital Image, AR, former site of a monument to Chief Justice Roger B. Taney at Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore MD
The Greater Mondawmin neighborhoods were asked to think about the lights they notice in their neighborhood and what makes them feel safe. Their responses were then cnc-etched into the the surface of the three structures that comprise Beacon and illuminated with led lights. This site in Hanlon Park, also became the endpoint of the Safety in Numbers Parade and the site for Safe and Sound: A night of Performances in Hanlon Park.
Plexiglass, Steel, LED Strip Lights, dimensions variable
White Guilt Confessional
White Guilt Confessional, 2016
Solo Exhibition - Labbodies | Artist Run Art Fair 2016 co-curated by Hoesy Corona & Ada Pinkston
In “White Guilt Confessional” a solo exhibition by April Danielle Lewis the viewer is confronted by a participatory installation and durational performance that invites festival goers to expel any white guilt they may be experiencing in a one sided confessional booth. Here Lewis takes on the role of high priestess, shaman, mentor, father, mother and witness to the pestilent and strategic construction of white identity in the United States. The White Guilt Confessional absolves white guilt by encouraging the plagued to face, question, learn-from and transform their guilt into change in their respective spheres of influence. Reviewed: Art F City www.labbodies.com
Long Walk, 2015
In response to the death of Freddy Gray at the hands of Baltimore City Police Department, Long Walk is a public intervention and performance that took place in the days following the Baltimore uprising of 2015.
A list of 2800 names of individuals killed by police in the United States from May 1, 2013 - May 1, 2015 was written in chalk on the sidewalk spanning a little over .75 miles. Starting at Baltimore Penn Station and ending at the Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon. Passersby who stopped to inquire about the list of names were invited to participate in writing names. There were over 35 participants who helped document the lives lost over a span of three days. After the list was completed, the names remained visible for almost two weeks.
This video shows a little over half of the first block of 9 after the first day. There are about 200 names here.
Daily Digest, 2013
16" x 16" c-print mounted on wood panels
A collection of images from the ground up and day to night; auto glass on sidewalks, invasive plants taking over sidewalks and abandoned rowhomes, direct tv satellite dishes, and a helicopter search light.