Race Symbiosis dealt with collaboration and reciprocity amongst different races. It was a ritual based on the cycles of life: birth, infancy, youth, adulthood, old age, and death. The performance addressed the limitations of culture and the neutrality of transcendence through ritual.
We accentuated our skin color for dramatic effect and to highlight our racial differences. We wore identical body suits dipped in terra cotta clay to symbolize the connectedness of all mankind.
Clay in hermitic traditions is a prima material, an original substance of creation.
The black and white baby dolls being pushed in a golden wheelbarrow suggest the earthly vehicles of nurture required for equal development and prosperity of all children despite their ethnicity.
We used light brown dolls whose faces were paint one black and the other white. This emphasized the play on skin color as if it were a mask. Also when we handled them, we made sure that we each handled one with the opposite color as our own to represent the safety of opening one’s most valuable and vulnerable feelings and personas to one another, despite surface differences.
George Afedzi Hughes and Geoff Krawczyk. Video: Kyle Butler. Photography: Jim Paulsen.