“HateisHateisHate” is Patrisse Cullors’ new art piece that expresses the challenges Black people face in a world of white supremacy.
Using 42 pages of hate mail and the FBI’s new Black identity extremism report, Patrisse developed an interactive installation where participants had the opportunity to follow recorded instructions in Patrisse’s voice.
They were asked to cut out words and statements and paste them onto butcher paper.
“Trauma is interesting to me not because of the pain it causes but rather the opportunity that arises from it,” says Cullors.
This piece is about hate and what we get out of it, how it is birthed, where it comes from, the ingredients of hate, why it exists, how it’s fostered, can and how we can transform it. Patrisse is interested in the impact hate has on our body and psyche.
She investigates how racism, homophobia, and transphobia aren’t just disruptive because of the ways they lock us out of structures, but also because they create an “other” and the other becomes dehumanized. Then, the process of dehumanizing allows us to cause violence and harm.
There is also a materiality to hate that interests Patrisse because she continues to witness the underbelly of society. She sees the impact it has on those who receive the vitriol on a daily basis.
She says about the piece, “I’m curious about how its shaping me, if i can beat it back, or is it just about succumbing to the reality? I want to dig into this shit, because maybe it’s the only way I feel like I have agency.”