Artist Statement 

I focus on themes of ancestry, trauma, and memory. Using video, sound, and photography I refashion histories in ways that uplift or even shift reality. I am obsessed with how America consumes black and queer culture and interrogate how I contribute to their further commodification. Drawing from personal history, actual and imagined, my work explores what it means to be black and free, and expansive black radical imagination.

Using my work is a point of entry, I want to instigate community conversations about identity and trauma. I want black people to view our humanity outside of what we can offer.

Monique Muse Dodd

April 2019