(b. 1985, Palo Alto, California; lives and works in Harlem, New York)
Plot Twist, 2020. Digital collage. Courtesy of the artist
A plot twist can be an offering, an opening. Christina Sharpe’s Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects (2009) includes an epigraph from Dionne Brand's A Map to the Door of No Return: Notes to Belonging (2001) referencing a line from Derek Walcott’s poem “Six Fictions” (1997). Walcott writes: “Pray for a life without plot, a day without narrative.” Like Brand, who wishes “[t]o be without th[e] story of captivity,” I hold on to this Walcott line. While I reference relief from plot loops or narrative tropes, we must also consider, as these authors do, what it means to have liberatory relief from narrative itself: to live or sprawl beyond the relationality that reinforces all-too-familiar subjugation.