In 2012, I developed an installation to explore my ideas on race, culture, and Afro-Diasporic tourism. I created a replica of an open air market–stocked with items commonly sold by modern-day street vendors. The market itself featured products like flip flops, burlap and polypropylene rice bags, DVDs, CDs, fabric, clothing, spices and faux produce.
The items are either branded with simple labels, or in-depth text that illustrates a collective of thoughts and intent in reference to Afro-Diasporic travel. As the market place is a hallmark of social interchange, I have opened the idea of travel and acquisition to an audience of my peers, asking them to put an image to what it is they desire from visiting destinations based on racial commonality. What is it that they would like to preserve, learn, and gain? In this way, I have engaged the viewer to relate, as a participant of the Diaspora, a consumer, and a tourist.