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60 Minute Cities- Richmond

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[Purchase includes all audio tracks in Mp3 format and PDF with track descriptions.]

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Audio Track Listing:

1- Intermission at Freak House (6:00) / 2- Site Of Maggie Walker's Grave At Evergreen Cemetery(6:00) / 3- Burial Ground For Negroes At 1500 Block E Broad St(6:00) / 4- James River Near Belle Isle (6:00) / 5- Confederate Memorial at Hollywood Cemetery (6:00) / 6- Forgotten African-American Cemetery On Old Westwood Road (6:00) / 7- Monument to Jefferson Davis (6:00) / 8- Lamplighter on Addison Street (6:00) (click here to download) / 9- Laundromat in Barton Heights (6:00) (click here to download) / 10- Lobby Of The Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts (6:00)

I have lived in Virginia all my life, and first moved to Richmond in April of 2016. I was excited to use this opportunity to discover more about my new home. My research led me to discover African-American landmarks that had been erased by the state, as well as the icons of racist Confederate leaders that had been upheld and glorified despite opposition. Rochmond's history as the reconstructed capitol of the short-lived Confederate states of America and its foundationon slavery and genocide are still very present in the city infrastructure (and lack thereof). Richmond is only just beginning to take steps to mediate the disparity between its treatment of white history versus the histories of queers and people of color in its public spaces and collective consciousness. However, some communities have taken this process into their own hands by centering the voices of queer people and folks of color in cultural and political spaces. We have a long way to go, but the seeds of the new Richmond are incubating.

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16.12.16 / 16:39 / 50 Evergreen Rd / Maggie Walker's gravesite in Evergreen Cemetery / Built in 1897, Evergreen Cemetery was designed to be an African-American equivalent to Richmond's very expensive and fashionable Hollywood Cemetery / After changing ownership a number of times, the cemetery is now overgrown with weeds, trees and kudzu vines / The cemetery is the site of the graves of many of Richmond's most prominent African American families / While some gravesites have been reclaimed in the past few years, many have become completely inaccesible due to the overgrown vegetation. In this recording, you can hear distant sounds of trucks working in the neighboring landfill and recycling plant / The noticeable absence of other nearby automobile or human sounds - other than my own rustling - is drawn in contrast to the sounds of Hollywood cemetery's many and frequent visitors //

About the Artist:

Katie Wood (a.k.a. Sugarlift) builds sound and experimental music pieces in Richmond, VA / Her work engages interactions of identities and location / Her goal is to create a platform for emergent narratives of people and place and to amplify the voices of unheard humans and nonhumans as they are interwoven with her own / She wants to create an intimate feeling between the audience and the work, to establish a refuge of listening, imagining and dreaming in which stories can unfurl //

http://www.katievirginiawood.com