Gesture 5: Doubling
Excavating Utopia: A Review of Dawn Lundy Martin’s Life in a Box is a Pretty Life
Dawn Lundy Martin’s Life in a Box is a Pretty Life is a call to action, to investigate the hidden secrets and understand the foundation of White America. This fierce work bears witness to the black enslaved body, cornered by the past, unnervingly resembling our present state: the black body surrounded by white America, fatally shot.
Fruit flies are model organisms. Which is not to say
they are upstanding citizens, but that they can
imitate human systems, meaning: we can see
ourselves in them. And not just because
occasionally you wake to a forgotten wine glass on
the mantle pocked with a tiny black mole that dove
head first into last night’s white with no plan on how
to get out.