Atlanta Artist Unpacks the Role of Black Women's Labor in BUST IT OPEN

Photo: Kelly Blackmon

Photo: Kelly Blackmon

The labor carried by the black woman is intensive and fierce. The labor carried by the black woman is degraded, ignored, and beaten down by all sides. The black woman perseveres with unwavering dutiful resolve. The labor carried by the black woman is motherhood, the leader, the champion. On Saturday April 15th, Atlanta native, Danielle Deadwyler will take on a form of creative labor in her performance of BUST IT OPEN.

“BUST IT OPEN is a multimedia public performance that promotes black feminism and its public and private labor while tackling gendered and racial confines for the backbone, main dame of southern hip-hop, and champion of civil disobedience:the black woman.”

The event is presented by Living Walls and is the first to receive the Laura Patricia Calle Grant, which aims to hoist the voices of artists striving for social equality, feminism, immigrant’s right, LGBTQ rights and cultural diversity. The performance seeks to garner an intimate experience between Deadywyler and individual audience members to activate her labor, while questioning what the exchange fully entails in reference to the give and take involved in this labor. How are you benefitting from the work of black women? What do you give or withhold from the black woman?

Danielle Deadwyler’s black feminist intensive work continues to aim its sights on blurring the lines between knee-jerk conceptions/images of “the black woman” with experimental and theatrical tones that pull audience members into the real work of black women and its effect on the black body. Through film, poetry and performance as her primary media, Deadwyler has a knack for inviting the audience into the more intimate nature of these stories while casting you into a state of critical and bewildering introspection.

Deadwyler’s extensive history in reprising the black feminist struggles, through concepts of gender/sexuality, hip hop, public/ private work, and community dialogue, has explored many themes including black motherhood and livelihood and the impact of domestic and sexual work. See what promises to be an eye opening and fully engaging performance Saturday, April 15th from 6:30 pm to 9:30pm, at 348 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312.


Matt Jones is your average carefree black boi, community worker, and sensei. As an Atlanta based artist he dreams to foster community and advocate real change for issues involving but not limited to mental health, queer life, and POC disparity.