Jade Rodgers
Email: arodgers@pratt.edu
Instagram: @jadethesage
Website: jadethesage.com

Free The Archives

This project began with the intent to analyze the black family model in contemporary society. Black families throughout history have been broken and torn due to the effects of slavery, and more presently the stereotypes that surround what the black family model looks like. Following the present-day relationships of my own family members, I aim to highlight the importance of a running documentation of the family archive. Archives which can be used to keep families closer and give access to the past on a deeper level. This work is meant to analyze and reinvent the ways in which we look at the black family. In the past, documents like “The Willie Lynch letter” gave step-by-step instructions on how to deconstruct the black family, and make slaves out of them. In this history, we can examine the ways the black family began to crumble, how separation of the family led to the loss of what it means to be Black in America. These ideas were shared through generations orally and internalized. Using images of my own family to examine how these histories have in fact affected their being and the ways in which my family exists individually and as a unit.

Lagoon too far from home

“Lagoon too far from home” is a project that recontextualizes Black history from an afrofuturistic approach, using narrative photography. This project uses text written by Jade Rodgers centered around a fictional character named Moonchild, who is able to actualize some aspects of self that real life Black people struggle to attain due to generational curses and trauma. Moonchild traces her roots back to their origins thus finding a sense of self and overcomes the hardships of oppression. The images set the stage for characters within the story and give visual context to the narrative. Actual events from black history are mixed into the narrative to reimagine Black American history. A story of liberation and acceptance of self, with this work Jade conveys the complexities of being Black and learning to break the cycles of our past. Lagoon too far from home allowed her to see her own hardships in a new light, leading to the creation of imagery that allows people of color to see themselves in other genres with more positive outcomes.