In September 2012, I was part of a group of women who started Black Salt Collective. The original group consisted of Adee Roberson, Fanciulla Gentile, and myself, later expanding to include Sarah Biscarra-Dilley and Anna Luisa Petrisko.
The group came together to create a working archive.
As Adee Roberson wrote:
We are calling on ancestral and embodied knowledge, drawing connections to lived knowledge as well as intuited knowledge. We are engaged in healing the pain of our various lineages with the intention of creating a vibrant future in which complex identities can coexist, in harmony, with the past and with the worlds around us.
As a group, Black Salt Collective showed work at Artists' Television Access, CalArts, The San Francisco Public Library as part of the RADAR series, MIX Festival, Outsider Festival, and Glitch Festival Australia. Black Salt Collective was also a recipient of an Alternative Exposure grant from San Francisco's Southern Exposure in 2013 and nominated for a curatorial residency at SOMArts in 2014. The Collective's proposal was selected and opened on January 14th 2016 in SOMArt's Main Gallery. The exhibition "Visions into Infinite Archives" received press locally, nationally, and internationally. The exhibition featured 30 intergenerational artists and filmmakers of color creating a boundless and liminal archive.
Black Salt Collective completed collaborative residencies at Real Time and Space, Oakland, and Facebook HQ, Menlo Park. Black Salt was nominated for the San Francisco Artist Award, the SFMOMA SECA Award, and an ARTMATTERS Grant.