“We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was not normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, hate, and lack.
We should not long to return, my friend. We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and nature.” -Sonya Renee Taylor
This is a Haunted Summer, haunted by white supremacy, haunted by BIPOC deaths, haunted by systematic hate, haunted by pandemic deaths, haunted by capitalism, corruption, privilege, and thousands of other things that undermine our health and abilities to maintain strong, loving communities. All of our summers have been haunted by these, but 2020-21 brought more eyes to these ghosts. Our past(s) seem laid bare as we sit on the precipice of this moment. Will we consume what we have learned and let it nurture our understanding of each other or will we forget the work and slip back to an older season of ourselves?
The artists in Haunted Summer reflect on this historic time and offer the viewer the opportunity to collect and construct the realities brought to the surface over the course of the long 2020.