How Important is Speed in a Revolution?

Solo exhibition at Galleri Format, Malmö

Middle school science teaches us that when an object circles an external axis, like the Earth circles the sun, it is called a revolution. This revolution gives us the seasons – long summer days, cold winter nights, migration, rebirth. But if we look to the word revolution as a political index, if we are the external axis in a narrative of Western power, what shifts do we need to bring us back into the light? At what velocity should we travel?

From where you are standing, you might see: the aftermath of white violence, or the ritual exchange of power, or a crime scene. Our bodies, in front of and behind these lenses, are bodies at work and on display. A man in Trinidad holds out his hammer and offers himself before God and my camera. An ocean – the Aegean – hangs behind the oars that carried me across it.

“Order follows time’s arrow into chaos,” writes the neuroscientist Leah Kelly.

“But humans love to order. As molecules sequentially arrange themselves into structures of increasing complexity, we temporally arrange perceptions and movements into gesture, language into narrative. Life defies decay. Narrative defies forgetting. Both continue to defy erasure.”