Gilliam, Leah

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Digital access to this material is pending artist's approval. Materials may be viewed onsite at the Goldsen Archive, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Kroch Library, Cornell University.

There are two significant memories from my childhood in the 1970s that inform my artistic vision. First, when I was becoming increasingly aware of my "minority" status within the predominantly white schools that I attended, my mother expanded my reality with her utopic future visions of a racially complex, culturally hybridized "Black Planet," where difference was the rule and sameness the exception. Secondly, as a kid, I would track the technology that people left behind. I would collect radios, cameras and circuit boards, marveling at their seemingly magical abilities to communicate across time and space.


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