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JAMESTOWN

In my series "Jamestown," I navigate the haunted landscapes of Jamestown, Virginia, a site of profound historical weight as the location where the first enslaved Africans were brought to the United States. This work seeks to explore the liminal spaces between sea and land, which have borne witness to both unimaginable suffering and the resilience of the human spirit.

Through my lens, I capture the echoes of the past that linger in the soil, the water, and the air of an area that once thrived under the care of formerly enslaved people. These photographs serve as a visual testimony to the land's complex history, focusing on a specific area that, in a testament to resilience and prosperity, was farmed by formerly enslaved people. Yet, this prosperity was short-lived, as the area was later intentionally flooded by the white government, a deliberate act to undermine the success of these resilient communities.

The series is an exploration of physical spaces and a deeper inquiry into the narratives and memories embedded in the landscape. Each image is a pause, a moment of reflection on the trials, the achievements, and the injustices that have occurred. By documenting the now-submerged lands once cultivated by hands freed from bondage, "Jamestown" invites viewers to consider the layers of history often hidden from view, submerged beneath the waters of convenience and historical amnesia.

This intentional flooding by the government serves as a stark reminder of the systemic efforts to suppress Black prosperity and autonomy. Through "Jamestown," I aim to bridge the gap between past and present, offering a space for contemplation, mourning, and ultimately, understanding of the deep and enduring impacts of slavery and systemic racism on the landscape and psyche of America.