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“Invisible Bodies, Disposable Cloth: Rhode Islandand Slavery, 1783-1850's"
Rhode Island played a key role in the institution of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. As artist-in-residence at the University of Rhode Island I worked with scholars from Brown University, the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice along with URI professors and students on a multimedia exhibition combining textile scrims, images, text, and artifacts.
The exhibition explored Rhode Island’s textile industry and its connections to slavery. It guided the public on a northern route through the trans-Atlantic slave trade and a southern route through the practice of slavery, both of which arrive at the textile mills of Rhode Island.