Evoking the mulatto

We are pleased to introduce the four-part web series component of “Evoking the Mulatto,” a transmedia project created by Lindsay C. Harris.

About the Creator

Lindsay Harris evoking the mulattoLindsay C. Harris is a Brooklyn-based artist, activist and educator, and a 2013 Black Public Media Digital Media Arts Fellow.

About the Web Series

Each short interview-based episode features young artists and activists whose perspectives and lived experiences shed light on what it means to be black and mixed in 21st-century America.

About the Transmedia Project

Visit EvokingTheMulatto.com to experience the full project, which includes animation, photography and historical mappings.

“Evoking the Mulatto” is a transmedia project exploring black mixed identity in the 21st century through the lens of the history of racial classification in the United States. Its web series component will launch on YouTube starting October 29, 2015.

Featuring interviews with young artists and activists, photography, animation, and historical mappings, the project seeks to address a relevant contemporary issue by glimpsing at its chronicle. In an alleged post-race society, under governance of the first black (and mixed) president, the United States still criminalizes and demarcates black bodies. This has been made glaringly evident in the public realm by deaths and lack of justice for Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner — to name a few — and the extreme racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system (black men are over six times more likely to be incarcerated than white men). Even our current struggle over marriage equality is far too reminiscent of the fight to eradicate all anti-miscegenation laws, which up until 1967, banned interracial marriage.

We are constantly fighting for the right to determine our own bodies and space. In this context, identity is two-fold — how we view ourselves and how others view us, both of which are informed by the racialized and sexualized violence of our past. “Evoking the Mulatto” begins with a delicate and poignant portrait of the young biracial body in contemporary society in respect to these legacies, navigating identity within and beyond a black/white binary in the hope of blossoming into a broader discussion on our humanity, the right to our own bodies and our own identities.

Check out our live-streamed panel discussion of the web series, which took place November 19, 2015 at YouTube Space NY!

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