to feel. to experience. to know. to be.
TO BE WOMAN
TO FEEL ALONE
TO EXPERIENCE FREEDOM
In America, we love freedom; men and women have fought for it throughout our nation's history. But the reality is that none of us is free; we're all slaves to the expectations of society. We have been told, subconsciously, that our identity dictates who we are and who we should be in the world. As a Christian white male, I have been told my privileges, who I should be, and how to act. But as a gay man, all of these duties that have been associated with my identity are thrown to the wind. During my four years in college, I have grown exponentially more free in who I am. As a gay Christian, I have never felt full belonging in either the Church or the LGBTQ+ community; this has at times forced, but most often allowed me to forge my own path where I find freedom knowing myself. I feel free because I am Bryce: the gay pre-med French major who loves musical theater and politics and is the beloved son of the King of the Universe. No part of society has been able to dictate who I should love, what I should pursue, how I should vote, or where I should live. Simply, I am free.
Freedom is still out there. We all have our idea of it, the deferred dream. Your psyche builds layers of protection around your most vulnerable traits, which may be closely linked to that precious essence in which freedom resides. Freedom is inseparable from risk.
Roger Cohen, New York Times
Freedom is never quite free. It's freeing, but never instantaneously. My freedom is defined by some guidelines and structure, but is ever transformational. The way in which I experience freedom is really a complicated matter because my freedom comes from the process and refinement of the final product--the discipline of creating something with a framework and losing myself within it as it progresses. My freedom is most evident in the moments of focus on my craft: dance.
Some people feel most free when they move to music without direction. I tend to feel separated from the intention of my movement without that direction. I’m most connected to my emotional interpretation of the music, and have the headspace to think freely, while my body has physically memorized the pattern of movement. While unconventional, I experience freedom through structure.
TO KNOW EACHOTHER
"To separate them from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely to ever be undone." Chief Justice Earl Warren [Brown v. The Board of Education, 1954]
The way we talk about race with children is vital to the way they construct understanding about who they are. When racism is implemented as a social caste system and integrated into the upbringing of children, the ways that stereotypes of race and ethnicity develop in their minds will inevitably shape who they become and how they perceive others. This work is meant to inspire conversations about race, and challenge the viewer to consider his or her own habits and preconceived notions about such issues.