Mateo Ruiz González
Based on the historical archive
Black Wide Awake
(documents of genealogical and historical interest of Wilson County, North Carolina’s African-American past curated by Lisa Y. Henderson)
investigate themes of slavery, absence, remembrance, spirituality, mortality and morality of African American families from Wilson, NC.
Reflecting on old transcripts from the Federal Writers Project - told by African former slaves, the symbolic series is a compilation of photographs that resembled old spiritual beliefs and stories of love and loss from the slavery time. A modern crumbulling landscape where new generations of freed slaves families keep fighting for equality and awareness - and most importat of all - to tell the true story.
Ongoing project for Eyes on Main Streeet artist-in-residence program. All photographs taken in
Wilson, NC during the month of Augsut 2021.