“Feeling The Spirit In The Dark"
haint-blue paint, plywood, water, led light, sound (09:00)
In Black interior space, haint blue is used to ward off ghosts and evil spirits. With color and
sound, Shikeith makes palpable the immaterial presence that wants to cause Black people
harm. Blue light dominates this space to create a protective boundary around Black sound. The
water simultaneously symbolizes the religious rite of passage and purification (baptism) and the
horrors and racial terror inflicted upon enslaved Africans during the forced voyage across the
Atlantic (Middle Passage).