complexity is a family tree

Inheritance bases on bloodlines claimed or unavowed. Inherited wealth becomes millions becomes mills, banks, hotels, universities, libraries and mansions. And today, all the mansions are pavement. A search for answers in missing documents and garbled recordings conjures a ghost who wants to protect its secrets. One son yells out from the grave, his piles of papers live on in the library for ten thousand years. And one son is silent, lost. Complexity is a family tree. Not all family is buried together in the family plot. There are two versions to history, the official story, and the rumor that everyone knew to be true. Who gets to speak, and what is remembered?

Audio materials excerpted from Oral History Interview with Viola Turner, April 17, 1979. Interview C-0016. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Text excerpted from (1) Addresses, 1896-1923 and undated. in the Julian Shakespeare Carr Papers #141, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (2) The problem of the hour : will the colored race save itself from ruin? : an address delivered before the trustees, faculty and students of the North Carolina College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts, at Greensboro, May, 1899. Rubenstein Library, Duke University.

Dual-channel video and audio installation

Duke Installation Array, November 2018

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