A multidisciplinary presentation inspired by the forgotten souls who passed from auction block to plantation via Atlanta’s Crawford Frazier Negro Brokerage House. Through this performance the artist attempts to challenge America’s predisposition to pave over its painful past, and draws attention to slavery’s proximity to our present. The nation’s desire to avoid the shameful history of slavery has resulted in avoidance and memory erasure, prolonging transgenerational intolerance and injustice and depriving the nation of the difficult but restorative work necessary for healing, for justice. The Bahá’í Writings say that “truthfulness is the foundation of all human virtues.” In essence, no other virtue is possible without truthfulness. This presentation is a humble attempt to peel back the veil of historical deception, and expose the ignorance and indifference prevalent in society to the cleansing light of truth.
Masud Ashley Olufani is an Atlanta based actor, mixed media artist, and writer whose studio practice is rooted in the discipline of sculpture. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, and has performed roles in numerous feature film and television shows.