Mothership 1: Sistah Paradise’s Great Wall of Fire Revival Tent, 2002
This work is part of Xenobia Bailey’s ongoing project Paradise Under Reconstruction in the Aesthetic of Funk. Inspired by the lack of historical documentation on the enslavement of Africans in America, the artist pays tribute to the Africans who were traded as slaves. The work is the physical manifestation of a creation mythology intended to explain the presence of Africans in America, and “Sistah Paradise” is a mythological character whose struggle for emancipation mirrors the modern-day struggle of African Americans. While paying homage to the past, Bailey reasserts the African American connection to African culture in everyday life.