On December 13th 2019, Season 5 Artists-in-Residence Kinds of Kings presented Shelley Washington’s raucous electric guitar quartet The Workers’ Dreadnought, performed by Brooklyn-based group Real Loud. Taking inspiration from the left-wing newspaper of the same name, the piece explores the continual, backbreaking crusade for intersectional equality across the globe.
Visuals by Xuan
Directed by Benita de Wit
From Shelly Washington:
THE WORKERS' DREADNOUGHT
From each angle
Impenetrable- as if the
of fabric clothing their frames,
a cotton iron, steel-
which formed the mightiest wall of both
Blossoming and full figures
was able to push forward
fueled by the steam of their desire and
the embers of their hate;
plowing forward in one movement
the waves in their wake
throttling the persistent trials of time,
knew the war they waged-
with white wears woven
signaling a faux peace, yet shrouding truth-
For their resolve was patient-
A lifetime battle for a millennium war.
“Hell hath no fury” like the women scorned.
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