In the Sunroom, Kamari Carter’s sculptural installation investigates the local, forgotten colonial-era histories of Black communities in the Hudson Valley, examining systems of violence, racial and social control and identity. Carter’s work references the story of Dinah and Bett, two young, enslaved Black women accused of setting fire to downtown Albany in 1794. Despite a lack of evidence, both girls were convicted and sentenced to be executed and hung from “Hanging Elm Tree,” a space designated for public lynchings. The sculpture, with a base shaped in the outline of Hangman’s noose, contains a candle-lit lantern to commemorate and memorialize their lives.
Kamari Carter is a producer, performer, sound designer, and installation artist primarily working with sound and found objects. Carter’s practice circumvents materiality and familiarity through a variety of recording and amplification techniques to investigate notions such as space, systems of identity, oppression, control, and surveillance. Carter’s work has been exhibited at such venues as Automata Arts, MoMA, Fridman Gallery, Lenfest Center for the Arts, and Issue Project Room, to name a few. Carter earned a BFA in Music Technology from California Institute of the Arts and an MFA in Sound Art from Columbia University.