With illustrations by nationally-syndicated editorial cartoonist Walt Carr.
mem-noir: [mem-nwär] NOUN, A memoir, written in short paragraphs or verse, concerned with being a person of the Black race within the context of a specified subject, time period, or circumstance. Visual art or photographs, especially biographical in nature, are often incorporated.
A Pamela Woolford Project
Supported in part by two grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, a Changemaker Challenge Award from Horizon Foundation and United Way of Central Maryland, a NES Artist Residency in Iceland, an upcoming Storyknife Writers Residency, Busboys and Poets, and St. Mary's College of Maryland, Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir) is a two-pronged project, a Pamela Woolford memoir in verse with drawings by editorial cartoonist Walt Carr and a multi-sensory exhibition with performative videos of Woolford, who is an interdisciplinary artist.
In the memoir Pamela Woolford explores her early childhood in the 1970s in the planned integrated town of Columbia, Maryland, amidst this nation's legacy of enslavement of Black people, like her. The book also includes stories of Black Freedom Visionaries from her hometown. In the exhibition Woolford immerses viewers in aspects of her childhood, her present, and her future through video installations and an augmented-reality installation.
With the creation of Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir), Woolford originates the term "mem-noir."
"Powerful stories" --Baltimore Sun Media
BOOK, launch date in 2021 TBA
Busboys and Poets (coming to Columbia, MD), “a cultural hub for artists, activists, writers, thinkers and dreamers”
EXHIBITION, premiere date in 2021 TBA
The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at The Smith Center, Washington, DC, exhibiting “fine art that explores the innate connection between healing and creativity”
FOR DISRUPT/ED (A MEM-NOIR)