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, may be incorporated.
A Pamela Woolford Project
Supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, a Changemaker Challenge Award from Horizon Foundation and United Way of Central Maryland, and a NES Artist Residency in Iceland, Carter, Clinton, Trump: A Mem-Noir will be two standalone pieces of art, a Pamela Woolford literary memoir with drawings by editorial cartoonist Walt Carr and an interactive, multi-sensory exhibition with augmented-reality performative photos and videos of Woolford. The memoir provokes 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. The memoir includes an appendix on Black freedom visionaries from her hometown.
With the creation of Carter, Clinton, Trump: A Mem-Noir, Woolford originates the term "mem-noir."
BOOK launch, summer 2020
Busboys and Poets (coming to Columbia, MD, in 2020), “a cultural hub for artists, activists, writers, thinkers and dreamers”
EXHIBITION premieres October 2020
The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at The Smith Center, Washington, DC, exhibiting “fine art that explores the innate connection between healing and creativity”