REPUBLICA: TEMPLE OF COLOR AND SOUND

 

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Photograph by Cosette Richard. 2018.

Republica: Temple of Color and Sound is a multi-modal arts project reimagining the past, present and future of the Gulf Coast region of North America. Inspired by early revolts in the Louisiana Colony such as the 1729 Natchez/Bambara revolt, the 1795 plot at Pointe Coupee and the 1811 German Coast Uprising, the largest slave revolt in United States History.  Republica: Temple of Color and Sound reimagines the 1811 revolt as a successful uprising of Black||Indigenous peoples. A physical and existential site of aesthetic freedom, Republica: Temple of Color and Sound engages literature, cinema, visual, and performance-art to bolster the radical imagination. Temple of Color and Sound is a mobile gathering, learning, ritual and performance space and moves about the territory and the world. A mobile shrine, learning, gathering and performance space dedicated to the memory and principles embodied by the rebellion; its proprietor is a woman named Maryam de Capita, played in persona by Kristina Kay Robinson.

The project has been presented  in exhibition at “Welcome to the Afrofuture” during Miami Art Week, New Museum’s residency program, Ideas City and the New Orleans African American Museum. Both iterations of Republica :Temple of Color and Sound received enthusiastic  reviews in Sugarcane Magazine and most recently PIN-UP magazine. 

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PRETO/||PETRO is an aesthetic school of thought founded in REPUBLICA. Comprised of visual artists, performers, writers, witches, musicians and magicians—PRETO combines principles of color theory, tarot, Congo cosmology, cimmaron /marronage and the Black Radical Tradition. With PETRO drawing from bounce, screw, industrial, distorted sounds and house music to create a unique sound and mode of visual expression. Other influences: blaxploitation, fossil fuels, anarchism, and hallucinogens.