On March 27th, 2019, Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York hosted a conversation between 2018 Workspace Resident Zalika Azim and Deborah Willis. Azim’s show, in case you should forget to sweep before sunset, is currently on view until April 13, 2019.
Featuring multiple lens-based works as well a new photographic installation, the forthcoming exhibition explores notions of home, memory, migration, and remigration. Referring to southern lore, the title in particular, pulls from a common superstition which suggests that “the home should not be swept past sunset.” For believers, doing so puts one at risk of sweeping away the spirits of ancestors who may provide protection to the family home. In case you should forget to sweep before sunset is not only an engagement with ancestral knowledges and southern sensibilities, but is also a play on expectations of time, space, and narration. Deborah Willis has been influential to Azim’s practice both as a former professor and through Willis’ publications, especially Picturing Us: African American Identity in Photography.