Private Garden/Vacant Corner
2018 - Ongoing
PrivateGarden/Vacant Corner is diptych that explores Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the black community. Hinging a photo-book and video as the dyad products of a decade long artistic practice in photography, writing, curatorial practice, and imagetext. In a forthecoming photobook fabricated to look and feel like a planter box Bradley sets a trap for attention Through his own poetics of social engagement Bradley shares specific events, and at the same time creates metaphors, and abstract, notions about traumatic experiences. Using multiple "personas" -- he, I, etc. to tell his story.
In a joint video, these literary personas share one voice, foregrounding disassociation as a narrative device. Bradley allows viewers to experience disassociation through him. One voice narrates a video collage of archival photographs from the Library of Congress, portraits of black boys, landscape photographs and recent video of Philadelphia, cut with talking head footage of the artist reading from his poem Private Garden/Vacant Corner which gets its name from a landscape design solution proposed for vacant lots in disinvested areas of Philadelphia in the early 2000’s.