by Autumn Knight and Robert Pruitt
Autumn Knight and Robert Pruitt worked with VBB to create printed programs that guided audience members through the streets between different installations. The starting points for Homes and Histories were the video-dome on the western yard of the Gregory Library and the shared driveway that residents Gordon Anderson and Christine Diaz made available for the show.
Different points along the interactive walking tour were marked by QR codes that shared information about: Akbar Baloch and Paul Hester’s photographs along the streets; video interviews of past Fourth Ward/Freedmen’s Town residents taken by Knight and Pruitt; Forsaken Eulogies, Kaneem Smith’s installation; We Are Here, documentary by Babette Niemel (Amsterdam); Our Voices, videos of Sheedi/Baloch residents in Karachi and Sindh, directed by Sehba Sarwar; and information about collaborating organizations, Rutherford B.H. Yates Museum and Gregory School. The programs contained spaces for audience members to take notes and respond to questions about their own experiences, memories and responses.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Autumn Knight has performed internationally with Elevator Repair Service and is a co-founder of Jelly Jar, a performance-based collective. She has pursued acting training at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama.
Robert Pruitt makes drawings and sculptures about the complexity of black identity by combining contrasting signs and imagery of disparate Black influences and aesthetics.