With illustrations by editorial cartoonist Walt Carr.
Production still from footage shot by Daniel Grant.
mem-noir: [mem-nwär] NOUN, A memoir, written in short paragraphs, concerned with being a person of the black race within the context of a specified subject. Visual art or photographs, especially autobiographical in nature, are often incorporated.
A Pamela Woolford Project
Supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council and a NES Artist Residency in Iceland, Carter, Clinton, Trump: A Mem-Noir will be three standalone pieces of art—a Pamela Woolford literary memoir with drawings by editorial cartoonist Walt Carr, a video-book version of the memoir, and an exhibition with augmented-reality performative photos of Woolford and 360° video footage—all provoking the question “What legacy do U.S. presidents leave black Americans through their bigotry against the black race?” In the project Pamela Woolford explores bruises of our nation’s racial history left on Woolford, a black woman from the planned integrated American town of Columbia, Maryland, from girlhood to middle age.
With the creation of Carter, Clinton, Trump: A Mem-Noir, Woolford originates the term "mem-noir" and also creates the first memoir video book.
BOOK & VIDEO BOOK release, spring/summer 2020
EXHIBITION premieres October 2020
The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at The Smith Center, Washington, DC