Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018

Southeast Queens Biennial

February 9 - April 21, 2018

Bayeté Ross Smith

Hyphen-Nation, 2017 (detail)
Multi-media digital video
Duration: 22:05
Courtesy of Bayeté Ross Smith, POV and The New York Times 

Through re-enactment and crowd sourced testimony, Bayeté Ross Smith's work lays bare the symbolic entanglement of American identification with whiteness and Christianity. Embedded within The New York Times for the documentary project POV (Point of View), Ross Smith—with colleagues Saleem Reshamwala and Logan Jaffe—developed digital a digital and interactive media initiative around the impact of racism in daily life in America. Asking a variety of questions—What makes someone American?, How do you define American identity?, When do you feel most American?—the interactive work features Americans of various ethnicities describing their struggle to belong in a nation that both embraces and rejects them.