2017 - Ongoing
These Dancehall artists hold up a mirror to the world. I was fascinated. It shook me up and I began to do research until I realized that sexuality is deeply sacred and political. This weekly event "Passa Passa" in Kingston was the origin of dancehall, which quickly spread all over the world, and the origin of my project "Black Madonna for President" (www.blackmadonnaforpresident.com), which I started 10 years later. Since I consider this series as the actual starting point, it is part of my project.
An eye opener was the book "our inner ape" by Frans de Waal. He compares us humans with the chimpanzees and bonobos. According to him for humans or chimpanzees with their hierarchical systems, men suffer from the system just like women. Death is the ultimate price of trying to reach the top. The fundamental difference between our two closest relatives is that one resolves sexual issues with power, while the other resolves power issues with sex. He describes the social system of the bonobos without xenophobia and a loving sexuality. This gives me hope, because we can develop the other side within us. But I also are interdependent and Yin and Yang alternate. It won't be funny if at some point the Yin is too much either, but right now we have an overload of Yang within most of us.