BOFFO presents SACRED & PROFANE: Memory of the Black Survivors of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade on Fire Island — a collection of corporeal assemblages in conversation with her ongoing research into the site-specific histories of the trans-Atlantic slave trade on Fire Island. In melding the natural elements of the island’s landscape with the form and scale of her own body, Pamela Sneed figures these histories as embodied, carried with and through the Black community despite the erasure of such legacies. Her bodies are mapped with shells, flora, and the natural ephemera from the Fire Island Inlet — a site at which slave-runners trafficked freed northern Black folks to the South, and harbored “fresh stock” from the Caribbean in the 19th century. From the Pines harbor, to Fire Island Blvd, to Black Duck Walk, Sneed crafts a procession through the past and present, asking the Fire Island community to contend with the unspoken histories of the land we occupy and cherish.
SACRED & PROFANE:
Memory of the Black Survivors of the
Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade on Fire Island
Saturday, September 3
Exhibition 12 – 8 PM along Black Duck Walk
Reception 6 – 8 PM at 70 Bay Walk at Black Duck Walk