H. Gene Thompson

In this work, I am trying to face the toxicity of whiteness in my own body in hopes that by addressing these circumstances in my body one-by-one I can be part of creating a culture of healing from the conditioning of white supremacy that is especially prevalent in the United States.

 

Using wearable sculpture, props, natural settings, and conditions such as wind and natural light, I explore how to comprehend the damage I will live a lifetime undoing from my conditioning as a white body living and working in the United States of America. 

 

Performance of wearable sculpture photographed into moments allows me to document and better understand my responses to healing trauma in the body. By naming more clearly in my mind when my body is experiencing a fight, flight, or freeze response, I believe I am able to more clearly make room for the discomfort of healing these wounds in the body.

 

I've recently been reading My Grandmother's Hands by Resmaa Menakem. It has informed this work and I highly recommend it.