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her own things. – the works of erin kendrick
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Yellow House, 2018
Excerpt from my artist statement…[full statement]
Then I saw a performance of for colored girls…As I watched the performance, I was simply delighted and inspired until somebody almost walked off wid alla my stuff was performed. It changed me. In the poem the lady in green claims that someone has taken all of her “stuff”, the things that defined her identity – her laugh, her love, her toes, her chewed up fingernails, her rhythms, her voice. She repeatedly asks for her stuff back while contemplating how it was taken – did she give it up or was it stolen. This exchange was between her and a male lover…for me, there was no lover who had taken my stuff. There was only a history that had defined what it was to be black and female in America. A history that taught us that we were less than, incapable, made for service over thought, much like Shange’s character, “a simple bitch with a bad attitude”. But I knew better.  I needed to figure out what parts of my identity had been stolen. I needed to acknowledge what parts of my identity I had given away.  I wanted my own things back.

Photos by Ingrid Damiani, Patrick Fisher, and Larry Key

Photobooth – An exhibition by Erin Kendrick
Photo by Toni Smailagić
Photo by Toni Smailagić
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Photo by Toni Smailagić
Photo by Toni Smailagić
Photo by Toni Smailagić
Photo by Toni Smailagić
Photo by Toni Smailagić
Photo by Toni Smailagić
Photo by Toni Smailagić
Photo by Toni Smailagić

Cathedral Arts Project, 2018
Excerpt from my artist statement…[full statement]
Branded blackness (big lips, cornrows, baby hairs, gold teeth, etc.) has been exploited and marketed in popular culture as brands, trends and even high fashion, as hip-hop culture has migrated into American culture.  This cultural shift has proven to be profitable and continues to be touted as innovative, giving little to no credit to its origins.  On the flip side, these “trends” are still typically seen as negative and “ghetto” in their authentic spaces.

The opening reception of Photobooth included an interactive photo booth where in which the purpose was to examine the behavior of people who were allowed to select and pose with props depicting symbols of branded blackness. There was also a compelling and emotional panel discussion – Representation Matters: Branded Blackness – featuring several prominent black women from the Jacksonville community. Moderated by Emmy award winning news producer and author Nikesha Elise Williams, the panel included featured artist Erin Kendrick; Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder, Social Scientist, National Center for Women & Information Technology; and local media personality Henny Stewart.

Photos by Toni Smailagić

Cultural Council of Jacksonville Art Awards 2017

Featured Artist – “Art Car” Artwork installed on 2017 Mini Cooper by Tom Bush Mini, JAcksonville, FL

Photo by Mr. Al Pete

Kesha: A Black Female Experience of Identity & Race
Kesha: A Black Female Experience of Identity & Race, Jax Makerspace, 2016
Kesha: A Black Female Experience of Identity & Race, Jax Makerspace, 2016
photo by Chelsea Crumbliss
Kesha: A Black Female Experience of Identity & Race, Jax Makerspace, 2016
Kesha: A Black Female Experience of Identity & Race, Jax Makerspace, 2016
Kesha: A Black Female Experience of Identity & Race, Jax Makerspace, 2016
Kesha: A Black Female Experience of Identity & Race, Jax Makerspace, 2016
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Jax Makerspace at the Jacksonville Public Library, 2017
Artists: Erin Kendrick, Rhonda Bristol, Glendia Cooper, Dania W. Frink, Jovita Harper, Marsha Hatcher, MK Hollowell, Carla Jones, Traci Mims, Princess Simpson Rashid, Crystal Rodriguez, Tiffany Rodriguez, Richlin Ryan, and Sosha Thumper

Photos by Chelsea Crumbliss

Through Our Eyes 2016: Sensory Perception
Exhibit: Through Our Eyes: Sensory Perception, 2016, Ritz Theater and Museum, Jacksonville, FL
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Ritz Theater & Museum, Jacksonville, FL, 2016

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