these that became us – a curated digital archive

these that became us: a curated digital archive is a multi-media curated digital archive devised from a collection of videos, images, recorded oral histories, and objects and materials collected from my Grandmothers’ homes. The majority of the materials shared here were gathered in and around Abbeville County, South Carolina, during a field research trip where my videographer and photographer, Steele Smith, searched for and visited significant family sites such as graves and ancestral homes. This trip was generously funded by The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences Global Humanities Discovery Theme Society of Graduate Fellows.

these that became us is an interdisciplinary, multi-part MFA in Dance thesis project. This research considers archive as a living, on-going practice and remains in process. This collection invites those who engage with the work to consider the archives that are a part of their own lineages and how they might be called up and preserved.

Photo/video credits to Wessley Steele Smith (@photosdubfriends on IG).

Collection 01

How to view: This collection is accompanied by a short prose piece that I wrote. I invite you to start there. From there, you can feel free to engage the materials in their presented order or at random.

To view the full collection, click here.

Captions for each image/video which tell you more about them or how to view them are available here.

Collection 02

How to view: This collection is accompanied by a short prose piece that I wrote. I invite you to start there. From there, you can feel free to engage the materials in their presented order or at random.

To view the full collection, click here.

Captions for each image/video which tell you more about them or how to view them are available here.