*2020 New York Community Trust Van Lier Artist Fellow


‘Reaching Towards Warmer Suns’, 2020Soil from Elmhurst, Queens; steel; gems; minerals; and crystals25 feet diameter, 6.5 feet high
Kiyan Williams, ‘Reaching Towards Warmer Suns,’ 2020, Courtesy the artist, Image by Sara Morgan.

About ‘Reaching Towards Warmer Suns’

Soil sourced from the Queens-located burial grounds of enslaved African people comprises the flesh of this circle of arms that emerge from the ground like trees in a grove. The hands take on gestures of protest, joy, and communion. With a title that references Richard Wright’s writing on The Great Migration, Williams’ work bears witness to the historical and ongoing struggles for self-determination of Black American descendants of chattel slavery.

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