The Free Registry commemorates the legacy of the African Diaspora and serves as a counterpoint to the 1852 Slave Registry of the Village of Ponce, a perfunctory list of owners and their “properties” with descriptions that painfully reveal the inhumanity of slavery. Visitors, regardless of their bloodline, are invited to connect with our shared history. TO COMMENT, JUST CLICK ON ANY OF THE POST TITLES

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Powerful and Hurtful Exhibition

This exhibition is both powerful and hurtful reminding us of the inhumanity that enslavement has had in our history.  It provides a historical context for understanding the continued destructive legacy of racism, discrimination and injustice.  This important exhibition that connects us internationally allows us to examine how going forward we must actively work against injustice, racism and discrimination.  Thank you Diogenes, Judy and Medianoche for helping us understand our history and define our future work.

Marta Moreno Vega
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hear ya! Checked out your web sites and think this work is exceptional. Saw the Slave Registry and now the Free Registry. I read the writeups at medianoche.us and am truly inspired by the way you are integrating new media into your work. Kudos to you DB and MediaNoche. Hope to make it down to San Juan, PR for the exhibition this June!

Anonymous said...

This is an exciting and important project, especially during these times. Reminds us of what slavery meant to all of us and our common heritage.

Martin M. said...

This exhibition seems to confront an issue that few have sought, in my mind, to deal with. Our history is always parceled out, divided up into the history of different groups here and there. I think this exhibition attempts to unify rather than divide. To show our history as one -- whether you are the master or the slave. As one history, we have to come to terms with all sides of our humanity.

Anonymous said...

This project will bring a greater understanding to our community about a uniting bond in our past.

Anonymous said...

This project will bring a greater understanding to our community about a uniting bond in our past.

Anonymous said...

siempre es interesante ver puntos de vista sobre la exclavitud en Puerto Rico.

martin said...

Siempre es interesante cuando algun persona comenta que algo es interesante.

Anonymous said...

I come from mixed blood, much of which is denied by my family. I count among my ancestors the master and the slave.I look forward to the day when we can all celebrate the diverse and rich strands of our heritage. I know that my great great great grandmother would celebrate this exhibition as I do. Thank you

Elaine Soto said...

Elaine Soto said...
Hi Diogenes, The way you integrated your work past and present with this registry is a gem. Thank you. I love your new work.

Anonymous said...

This is very interesting and exciting. Hope we can develop a dialogue.

Rochelle

Anonymous said...

Modupe Mi hermano.....en el ultimo census de la isla (la nuestra, PR) 'dicen' que en la categoria de NEGRO-no hubo una selecion.....hmm PORQUE?

Pero mas luego porque este Negro desde "El Reinado Unido (tierra del Cofresi) tiene que descanzar suu belleza...."y que lo que pasa aqui ha!? Barrio Obrero Pregon
BOMBA! Carambomba

Don Pepe, Rafael Cordero, Arturo Schomburg, Juan Borria are turning over in their graves! TV

Anonymous said...

Kingsley Guarionex dice "arriba abajo Yanqui pal carajo!" "La Esclavitud Afro-Boriquena" se derrama por la 65 de Infanteria con la llegada de los Clintons y los Cristianos pero como en tu obra OBA los carritos de Exu-Elegua van abriendo pasos como siempre lo han sido........OBA PAPA La Eleciones PaL Carajo< en la orilla del Mar y en Serrania todavia los gritos se oyen...

this typeset isn't bloody enough......Dios Ojones esto es pequeno a lo que te espera.......cuando llegara el post colonialismo, cuando llegara......el dia de nuestra suerte,,,,,patakin!

TV

Anonymous said...

The Global fusion is here and there is no way to deny it. Your work is a good example of ways of fusion withing history past and present.

Maritza Davila
atabeira.com

Anonymous said...

gracias por la exposicion

Nitza Hernandez said...

In watching this art exhibition I feel much more connected to our ethnic and historical background in Puerto Rico and the rest of the Caribbean. I wonder how my past relatives were related to slavery 200 years ago. I wonder if I was one of those slaves to whom I still feel so close through African music, art, food and culture. I feel the slaves in my heart, but not with a submissive feeling but rather with a profound free spirit of love and emancipation.

Anonymous said...

...mas "Calle 13" en todo nuestros trabajo.....! El nuevo Negro no puede comer mierda.......los Burgos estan con las ratas.......ACHE!

encuentro: un coco en la calle, un macanazo en la cara
mito: no lo toques "hay bendito" la educacion
realidad: prisioneros Boricuas encadenados por sus derechos humanos y muchas ratas......sigue el abuso...

elegua en un Harley.....vrooooom, vroooom para su guayo, vroooom, vroooooom

Colette Hughes said...

Rereading the entries in the Slave Registry, as I am drawn to again and again, they start to sound like poetry; they eventually turn inside out and read almost like love poems. The heart goes out, the heart contracts-- and there's the awful pulse in Ballester's strong piece. Such reality in the strings of physical details! Also, I notice one curious thing: that every single entry includes the description "pelo pasa" (aptly translated by Judith Escalona as "nappy hair"). Now, the repetition of the identical phrase to describe a hair type which all the slaves shared-- and which therefore could have no practical use in profiling an individual -- sets me thinking. The Registry's descriptions don't include, for instance, phrases like "two legs" or "opposable thumbs", or other features which all slaves shared -- so why "pelo pasa"? There's a darkness for me here. Maybe the very phrase MUST be repeated because the oppressor is somehow pulled toward it. "Pelo pasa" festers in the white man's mind, finds its way into beautiful calligraphy, and becomes a little verbal repository of resentment and hate.

Anonymous said...

La exhibicion es fabulosa. Habla de nuestra raices, de algo que no podemos dejar pasar en el olvido.

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