Texas 2005

I’ve recently discovered some home video recordings from my family in Texas. I feel drawn
to this archival footage not only because it’s my family, but because of the way it’s been
recorded. This footage depicts the struggles within black households – there’s a sense of
vulnerability in the visuals but also an underlying sense of community and resilience. These
recordings take place in 2005 at my Aunt’s home in a small Texas town. There is footage
of delapidated houses in neglected black neighbourhoods that have not changed very
much in the last century. The racial divides and disparities are as steadfast as the attitudes.
Muti-generational trauma, like expectations of privilege are difficult to shift.