Objects for the OtheredMiriam Hillawi Abraham
Plexi-glass, mesh, circuit board / 2019
From Objects for the Othered
Objects for the Othered is a set of adornments designed to demand respect for Black Women/Femmes subjected to daily micro(/macro)aggressions.
Drawing on traditions of North African spirit possession and the diasporic rituals of Orishas in Yoruba mythology, this project seeks to adorn the user with tools to call on and embody their orishas/god(s) in order to empower themselves while moving through negative spaces in urban landscapes. The aim of these tools is to provide temporary feelings of empowerment for the user, signify their presence in their environment and ultimately draw awareness to the issues of subtle and nearly imperceptible discrimination BIPOC face while moving through urban currents. Ideally, these tools will become so prolific that there will be nothing to put the agency and power of Black Women/Femmes into question and will no longer be needed.