In The Dream is the Truth, mothers and daughters are captured together in various moments of pause and connection. Either grounded by the domestic setting of their home or pictured outdoors where they create a space of peace for themselves, seemingly oblivious to the world around them. Displayed in a mix match of gilded wooden frames, the installation is reminiscent of a family photo wall that may be found in someone’s living room as well as an homage to Lorraine O’Grady’s iconic 1983 performance ‘Art is’.
The title, “the dream is the truth”, is an excerpt from the 1973 novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston. The passage the line comes from describes the way in which women realize their dreams. This project is a near-literal depiction of dreaming, being supported through the honoring of matrilineage.