As a performance artist, Badu has created work that makes people feel uncomfortable, which is intentional. “Usually an uncomfortable position causes you to move.” Whether the viewer moves one way or another is not of concern, just the act in itself. “The purpose of art is to create dialogue. It doesn’t matter what kind. If it inspires someone to do a piece, if it makes someone angry, if it creates some kind of movement. You know it doesn’t matter to me, people can feel however they want to feel but no one has the right to censor art or what someone deems art and I just hope that it creates some type of dialogue”.
In regards to her piece, Badu strives to continue the dialogue that has been created by the BLM movement. Where that dialogue goes is up to those who have it. “I’m an observer and what I observe is there’s a balance to everything and at some point the wobble has to be balanced…I don’t know if it will happen any time soon [but] I like for things to happen as they should, however they pan out”
Regardless of where conversations goes, you can be sure that “uncomfortable” work of Badu will keep it going.
Text and photo from…HERE!