Violated Lives:
1Blood 2Blood Red White Blue Blood
is a photography installation
by Iris Dawn Parker.

Violated Lives: 1Blood 2Blood Red White Blue Blood
An exhibition by  Iris Dawn Parker
10 – 26 February  2017
Friday, 10 February, 18:00 for 18:30
Market Theatre Gallery
56 Margaret Mcingana St,
Newtown, Johannesburg, 2048
011 832 1641

frican Americans make up a very essential part of the fabric of American culture and history.  Yet our bodies and lives have been violated in undescrible and often inhuman manners.  So much so, that it would appear that we have an infinate capacity for suffering.

These violations impact our daily living and are a very integral part of American traditions.   Such forms of inhumane acts are as much a part of the fabric of America as is Apple Pie and Baseball.

This installation is a work in progress that draws attention to the ongoing violation to African American lives.

Bringing attention to this is a must in any way possible.  This installation “Violated Lives” attempts to point out the serial assult taking place in and by a country that has hidden behind democracy long enough.

The images on the wall reflect ordinary daily living in the lives of African Americans, and speaks to the norm for many of us.  However, as with any serial assults there are always new targets,  new blood.  So we find ourselves often in a perpetual state of  unprotected waiting.

This body of work is my attempt to use my creative spirit and priviledge of living in a foreign land to bring attention to these serious and pathological acts committed  by a society on its most vunerable  people.  Throughout its entire history.    A people who are some of America’ most civil and loving contributors to its democracy.

It is an opportunity here on the continent of Africa to pay tribute to the many violated lives of African Americans.   To bring together in a space, objects, images and an international audience to engage in dialogs, discussions and perhaps solutions in solidarity.

Violated Lives: 1Blood 2Blood Red White Blue Blood
America, the beautiful
blonde buxom blue,
eyed him so hard that he started to run,
run I say,
before they killed him by hanging a noose around 10 pm they found his bullet bloated body, black face,
hands, hair like wool,
like Jesus says
to keep them out of our spaces,
that you don’t belong
here is not the place
for you don’t look,
sound like another homicide.
1blood 2blood red white blue blood, in America the beautiful.
Iris Dawn Parker, 2017 ©

Artist Bio

Iris Dawn Parker is a photographer and visual artist living in South Africa.  Iris has exhibited her photographs internationally and most currently (2016) exhibited a series of photographs titled,  “Quotidian Life: the importance of small things” at the Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa. She has experience in various leadership roles and is a Fulbright Memorial Fellow. Most recently she was selected as a Leadership Scholar at the Arcus Center for Social Justice residency program, Michigan and worked for several years as the Academic manager for the Cultural Studies Program at Columbia College Chicago, USA.

And in South Africa recently she worked as an American Voice Coach for the 2017 production,“ The Meeting” and “A Raisin in the Sun” at the Market Theatre, 2016.   And was the Program manager for a photojournalism and documentary photography program at the Market Photo Workshop. Since the 90’s Iris has been actively involved in educating youth by conducting photography and life skills workshops in communities, townships and rural areas such as Tembisa, Limpopo, Xihosana Village and KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

She is passionate about building a future generation of talented artists who can preserve their history through visual storytelling, this is why she mentors and advises several emerging South African photographers. Her work as an artist, teacher and mentor to youth, explores issues of culture, identity formation, gender, family and community.

In addition, she has been involved in South African Arts and Culture through her residencies, exhibitions and curatorial projects at several major South African Universities, including The University of Witwatersrand, the Africa Gender Institute at University of Cape Town and the Human Science and Research Council at Rhodes University, University of Johannesburg and University of Pretoria.