599,769 = 6 days + 22 hrs + 36 min + 9 sec
once per second; quiet ’til you feel it drop.
The context – This work arises from the simultaneous realities that while 1 in 3 Black Americans know somebody who has been hospitalized or died of COVID-19, only 1 in 9 White Americans inhabit this space of personal and community grief. The invisibility of COVID-19 in White America does not exist outside of this lived disparity – it is the direct result of it.
For those of us who are White, we ask: how can we shoulder the weight of this reality so that those who grieve can properly honor their experience and who they mourn?
[Western Prom × Carroll; gelatin silver print; 2017]