By The Greenwood Art Project
"When I read a poem I don't have more information, I have a new experience"
- Eugene H. Petterson
Information is important to healing through storytelling but experiences are essential. Poetry has a way of approaching painful experiences with a contoured listening for the human experience rather than just listening to dates and accounts of information. The following visual poetry is a way for the G.A.P. to tell the stories of the artists who are a part of the project's work to engage art as therapy.
A Visual Poem for Therese Aduni
"The ancestors have something to say to us." - Therese Aduni
TheRese NineThe Greenwood Art Project
The Ancestors Spoke
In the age of a virus, we met Therese Aduni on her porch for a socially distanced filming. She talked about her Greenwood Art Project that is medicine for the soul of the Greenwood community.
The Fan (2020) by Marlon HallThe Greenwood Art Project
While waving this fan she told the story of being led by her ancestors to the attic of her father's home. There she discovered an old film reel that felt important in her hands.
Cornered Bench (2020) by Marlon F. HallThe Greenwood Art Project
She later learned that the footage captured the life of Greenwood citizens who were rebuilding after the massacre of 1921. The spirit of what Booker T. Washington called Black Wall Street is a fireproof force that cannot be burned.
Porch Readings (2020) by Marlon HallThe Greenwood Art Project
While reviewing the film for the first time, she received an inclination to write down messages she was receiving from a familiar yet spiritually lofty place. Her ancestors wanted to send a message through her to the world and her project is their voice.
Therese Smiles (2020) by Marlon HallThe Greenwood Art Project
Our time with her ended with a prayer that left us all glowing. We filmed more than just the story of her work. We filmed a seance of the promise made present in the Greenwood community in the form of a beautifully strong woman.
“and then you realize that you have to rebuild a life out of this. My work came from my life process which was rebuilding life out of this destruction.” - Sarah Ahmad
Sarah Ahmad is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work is a constant source of self-reflection. She creates healing for others as she creates healing for herself.
Sarah Ahmad has been featured in exhibitions, galleries, and cultural centers throughout the United States and the United Arab Emirates, and Pakistan. Sarah Ahmad is a Greenwood Project artist whose art is a constant source of self-reflection for her. She creates healing for others as she creates healing for herself.
Sarah uses all sorts of materials for her work. While in her studio we were struck by how the materials themselves look sculptural. Both her art and the organization of her materials are art.
This film is poetically dedicated to the art, life, and work of Sarah Ahmad. She is a healed healer who exhumes possibility from pain. She explores what it means to create a space for oneself in the world; it encompasses themes of migration, displacement, belonging, and life rebuilding.
trilogy (2020) by Marlon HallThe Greenwood Art Project
Destruction to Renewal
Organic shapes from nature drive the compositions in Sarah's work. She is a creator with a heart for making new beauty from deconstructed materials.