For Every Real Word Spoken displays more of this virtuosity. Boswell has drawn a series of near-life-size portraits of friends and acquaintances, each of which is shown holding a device with its screen to the viewer.
This was inspired by Food For The Spirit, the collection of self-taken nude and near-nude photographs by Adrian Piper, the American conceptual artist.
While Piper was her own subject, suggesting self-examination, Boswell has opted for a choral assembly of women, of which one is transgender. The screens held by each woman has a qr code, hand drawn by Boswell, which when scanned with a mobile phone, reveals a particular item important to and chosen by the women.
The revelations include a YouTube video of Maya Angelou reciting her poem Phenomenal Woman and a live recording of a concert by the Voices of East Harlem.
On an adjoining white wall, are the names of the women who have been important to Boswell from family members to public personalities as a figurative way of marking the lives and achievements of black women in the “white” contexts they’ve had to do so.
For Every Real Word Spoken is a crowning achievement for the thoughtful and inventive ways Boswell has investigated the lives of her subjects and womanhood in general.
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Sabo Kpade is an Associate Writer with Spread The Word. His short story Chibok was shortlisted for the London Short Story Prize 2015. His first play, Have Mercy on Liverpool Street was longlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award. He lives in London. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.