Care Memos invites our communities to build sites of care for Black women using sound i.e. through the creation, sharing, and experimental composition of care memos.
A “care memo” is an audio recording addressed to Black women as an offering of care, whatever that means to the creator of the memo. The memos recorded as part of this project will be shared publicly as a sound resource for Black women to listen to, meditate with, and share with one another.
Individual care memos will also be transformed into site-specific sound collages and installations that further explore the relationship between sound, the voice, and care. Our next installation will exhibit in the summer of 2021 as part of the physical space activation of In c/o Black Women.
Anyone is welcome to submit a care memo here (guidance included at the link). We are also guiding casual conversations to help others create their care memos. If you want to have a conversation to record your voice memo(s), email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Care Memos Session”.
About The Artists
Leilani Douglas, is a Chicago-based researcher, writer, and vocalist. As a vocalist, she is interested in the power of song and chant as tools for Black healing, connection, and liberation. With care memos, she aims to explore (and expand) how we understand the layered ways in which the voice and sound can provide care, as well as transcend and reconfigure physical space.
About The Installation care memos, composition #1.
This composition was created for the Smart Museum of Art's daylong, "Take Care, Be Well" on Sunday, March 20, 2021. This composition invites listeners to experience a series of care memos/sound offerings of care, alongside the the music and soundscapes they evoke.
Explore Care Memos
This is to all the
amazing, love, strong, happy, selfless, reliable
Black women in my life I call
family. I am woman.
Harmonica. When you get back around family
those voices. I always find sounds to play with.
You were so good at
being in the specific moment. I just wanted you to
know. Exhaust a little
moment, soon it dies.
I send my love memo
to many generations back,
back to a country i dont know. That’s how our
country was built, with African blood.
water me and i will grow
for the love for the
life of us all
It'll all be over.
The Supreme Jubilees.
The sound of the
frogs at night. Gush of
air from a shared bottle.
To be young gifted
She would hum
spirituals and just rock. Parts of this song and
parts of that song. Babygirl, it’s okay. I’m okay,
I know you are going
through a challenging time right now, but you are so very much loved.
You rock my world.
When you understand me, you love me. Kiedy mnie rozumiesz, kochasz mnie.
Thank you for loving me
Remember as a child
you would cry and if someone told you to stop
crying, what did you do? Om Mani
Pa Me Hum
im focusing more on
myself as a strong Black
My mother used to
sing a song, it wasn’t even a real song. Everybody
recognized it. It was just comforting.
From the womb Black
women are taught to take care of other people.
Learning how to nurture myself.
I want you to know
that I love and support you. I thought I'd share
some of the things that help me
take care of me.
tending to, on view: at TheBreathing Room Garden(5045 S. Laflin)
in c/o: Black women celebrationSept. 16th, 6:30-9pm
in c/o: practiceSept. 25th - Nov. 11th(The Luminary, St. Louis, Missouri)