"Where We Have Been and Where We Hope to Be" is Liberty's current series of quilts created as a meditation on grief, hopes, and history in response to the murder of George Floyd and protests in 2020. She constructs these quilts using scraps of African fabrics in simple blocks. Early 2021 she extended this practice and created a series of videos and materials from her own work and some of the materials from the Inbreak residency. She then pitched the series to a small diverse group of friends and colleagues, inviting them to collaborate with her.
The participants created works of their own. Each went through the steps of learning the materials (Session 1), mapping their heritage (Session 2), honoring their grief (Session 3) and investigating hope (Session 4). Digital artists turned the project digital, writers wrote profound statements and visual artists pushed boundaries. This is their work. Visit each one to view their paper and digital quilts and the quilts Liberty created in response to their works. Each artist has written a corresponding statement about their work.
Follow the project on Instagram @havebeenandhopetobe.