The North is a Lie

  • The North is a Lie

Event Category: Art and Culture & Arts

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  • Opening Friday, September 14, 7–9pm
    On view through December 8, 2018, Tue–Sat, 12–5pm
    Free and open to the public

    The North is a Lie is not a conclusion, it is a starting point. During the course of this three month residency, we seek to overcome the growing desire to escape and begin answering the questions of “where to?” and “what’s next?” by examining the truth of what’s been, rethinking the possibilities of what can be, and empowering the imaginary. The North is a lie celebrates the histories, present and futures of people and communities that have suffered the most at the hands of the Northern myth. It brings these narratives together in hopes of building structures that are imagined and tangible, for the nourishment and survival of these communities. We begin by acknowledging the land we stand on is stolen land, this was and is haudenosaunee territory. We base the residency at Squeaky Wheel, and open the space as a commons for the movements of Buffalo. We will create relations with each other through a series of events that include but are not limited to performances, parties, potlucks, screenings, conversations, actions and experiences. The attempt is to create conversations that give us better questions to challenge the Northern myth, and to create a compass that directs us towards better answers for liberation and decolonial existences. – Nitasha Dhillon, Rhys Hall, Elisa Peebles

    The North is a Lie. We know it because we live it. Your grandmother knew it. Latin American refugees separated from their children know it. Marooners running away from plantations into swamps and mountains knew it.

    There is no North. If you know, you know.

    If there were, racism would stop at the Mason Dixon line.

    If there were, fascism would not be on the rise again.

    If there were, there’d be no:

    Stolen land

    Police lynchings


    Forced eviction

    Red lining


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