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Booklyn Bulletin #3

June 17, 2020

On a scale from one to ten, at which level, would you say, is your pain today?
–Brian D. Tripp

In this moment of heightened resistance to incarceration and extrajudicial killings of Black and brown people, I’ve been thinking a lot about Brian D. Tripp.I started as Associate Curator for Booklyn last fall and it took me a while to fully understand the depth and importance of Tripp’s work. Being a European butch lesbian artist of color I’m used to the intentional limitations of identity categories and binary-thinking. And then here’s Brian, 75 years old, member of the Karuk, a Native American nation and people in Northern California, whose work challenges me to view the world through another way again. Extrajudicial killings of Native Americans happen far too often, and their incarceration rates are more than a third higher than the national average. Disappearances and abuse are common, so is the reluctance of police to investigate.Tripp’s work reminds me that nothing is “fixed” and that “whiteness” is a concept we are all addicted to. In Sing It. Dance It., he lays out the daily pain of a life sentence of police profiling, but never for any crime. There’s actual incarceration, and then there is what Tripp’s work reveals: what it’s like to be incarcerated within a nation. Drop me a line for inquiries, questions, or Zoom book viewings.

Sincerely yours,

Beldan Sezen
[email protected]

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