Will You Be My Monument: An Ode to Black Girlhood

Image: An Ode To Black Girlhood Photo: Scheherazade Tillet

New Arts Justice

On Saturday, June 5, 2021, the inaugural Murals, Market, Music partnered with New Arts Justice at Express Newark to host a full-day art activation and installation titled Will You Be My Monument: An Ode to Black Girlhood.

Inspired by the mural Will You Be Monument, a collaboration between Chantal Fischzang, the co-director of Design Consortium and Visual Means as well as photographer Scheherazade Tillet who is also Shine Portrait Studio and New Art Justice Artist-In-Residence,  this installation and festival intervened in contemporary conversations about the ongoing (in)visibility of Black girls and young women in the United States.

The related art interventions and conversations—including a portrait session of Black girls in Newark with Scheherazade Tillet, 3D scans and printing of community members as their own monuments with Keary Rosen of Form Design Studio, and performance by the Floyd Little Double Dutch Team, and a conversation between Express Newark director Salamishah Tillet and Newark’s star poet Jasmine Mans, author of Black Girl, Call Home, on Black Feminism.

Curated by Rebecca Jampol,  co-director of Project for Empty SpaceMurals, Market, Music was one of the key sponsored by the Four Corners Public Arts partnership, which is transforming public space in Downtown Newark.