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In the summer of 2018, 14 black people agreed to spend their precious time and energy reflecting on their own Black Joy. Each went about the process a different way. The result was 12 sets of 12 unique meditations on Black Joy and 12 unique rituals to accompany each series.


In terms of methodology, I approached the people I saw plainly living their best lives. I asked them to infuse a total of 144 ritual objects with their purest and most personal joy. On August 6, 2018, at Virago Gallery in Seattle, many infusers returned for a ritual blessing of the bottles. After the public reception on August 18th, each bottle will have been blessed three times with the joy of black people who recognize ourselves as powerful.

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