Inspired by the significance of Lexington Market to black culture in Baltimore, What Is Your Legacy? is a video that investigates Baltimoreans legacies to reaffirm audience members histories and to express the importance of all our legacy’s to the DNA of Baltimore. Using both original imagery by Karryl Eugene and found archival imagery with sound and poetry by Abdu Ali, the video expresses history and environments inspired by the Baltimore landscape. Using historical content, poetry and questioning, this video also serves as an immersive virtual conversation with the viewer. —as they lay, abdu ali + karryl eugene
Video by Karryl Eugene and Abdu Ali
Music by Abdu Ali
Vocals by Abdu Ali and Babby
As a nomadic curatorial platform as they lay is a programming and art making initiative seeking to curate projects and community events that foster collaboration, creative action and reflection. Advocating for those who have been pushed into the margins with an emphasis on black liberation, the goal of as they lay is to curate a myriad of cultural programming and art that will aid in the transformation for a more sustainable, inclusive, nourishing, and interconnected creative climate for artists living in Baltimore.
Abdu Ali is an American avant-garde electronic musician, writer, cultural worker, and multidisciplinary artist who primarily works in sound, dialogue, literary text, and social practice. Their work is a yielding poetic uprise that often interrogates ideas of identity as well as narrates and promotes liberation from oppressive ideologies and systems.
Karryl Eugene is a multimedia artist based in Baltimore. He works in various mediums such as video art, sound art, and painting. Karryl’s work is defined by the power of reflection, where he unpacks personal narratives, nurtures his emotions, and contemplates his existence in the digital age.