Co-Creating the Archive: Gabriel Christian Responds to Postcommodity

Artists in Residence at Destiny Arts Center visited the Visions into Infinite Archives exhibition to add their voices to the archive through creative responses.

Gabriel Christian responded to Postcommodity’s Gallup Motel Butchering with the poem below.

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Still from Postcommodity’s Gallup Motel Butchering.

Bath, inspired by “Gallup Motel Butchering”

Porcelain sends me
shivers

until warmed by a waiting
bath.

Water fills so much cleaner than
air.

And when our tub is stopped up
like blood clot

the baptism pool sits
thirsty

for mother’s body, her daily
altar.

We live three stories off
the ground.

No porch, no yard, no gabled
roof

to fall and break the shower’s
head.

We have nothing to
fear

and yet –

I do, fear, we will never know
land

the dry lips that come
from

shearing mourning
sheep.

I ask her to buy some
sand.

Purchase Earth. Blow black
money into brown
soil.

(As if black money did not already
smell of tar

and feather.)

She resists; she rents;
she stays

Whitney on white slab

submerged.

Gabriel Christian is an unholy poet, performer, and archivist from New York City, contributor to the blog Black Contemporary Art, and very single. Attach to them via their instagram or tumblr.

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The Emerging Artist Residency is a 3-month paid residency at Destiny Arts Center that cultivates the artist growth of LGBTQQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, two-spirit) identified performing artists ages 18-24. Led by mentor teaching artists, Indira Allegra and India Davis, residents work through a collaborative process to create solo and group performances that include storytelling, spoken word, movement, and theater. The residency culminates in a community showcase on April 22nd and 23rd

The Queer Emerging Artist Residency is specifically designed for LGBTQQIA2-S identified artists of color and their white allies who are interested in utilizing art and performance as tools for social change.