Screening of Salacia by Tourmaline
Presented with the Trust for Governors Island
Saturday, September 14
Tourmaline will share her archival research as well as screen and discuss new film works, including Salacia. In the style of Black fantasy and folktales such as Virginia Hamilton’s The People Could Fly, Salacia takes place in Seneca Village—a 19th-century free Black community in upper Manhattan that was demolished to create Central Park in 1855. Salacia follows Mary Jones (born 1803), a Black transgender New Yorker as she discovers her power in the face of heightened systemic racism and transphobia.
Photograph by Tourmaline. Salacia, 2019 (still), courtesy of the artist.