From “Am I not a man and a brother?”
to “Am I not a woman and a sister?”
to "Ain’t I A Woman?"
to "I AM A MAN"
to I AM HUMAN
This I AM HUMAN project explores miniature to life-size pyramids as shelters for the displaced.
The I AM HUMAN pyramids draw inspiration from the abolitionists and civil rights movements, ancient human civilizations, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs & the chart of (triangle) prisoner markings used in German concentration camps.
Similarly, the I AM HUMAN phrasing follows a transformation from “Am I not a man and a brother?”, which was used by abolitionists in the late 1700’s to decry the inhumanity of slavery, to “Am I not a woman and a sister?” which was a slogan used by suffragists and abolitionists in 1820’s -1830’s, to Sojourner Truth’s 1851 “Ain’t I A Woman?”, to the call of the 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike’s call of “I AM A MAN” to the ultimate embodiment of all these calls: I AM HUMAN .