keeping up appearances (2001)

"Keeping up Appearances" is part of Mendi Obadike's "Black.net.net" actions. In this work she explores racial and social interactions. Clicking on the blank areas reveals the subtext of this elegant and poignant hypertext piece.

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"keeping up appearances, a hypertextimonial" uses minimalist coding in an attempt to visualize painful silences. In the tradition of black feminist artists like Faith Ringgold and Audre Lorde, Obadike makes art out of what is said and not said. Her past projects have examined intersections of sound, propriety, and enactments of a black feminine aesthetic. This project is part of her "Black.net.art" actions.

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