THE INVENTION OF THE WHEEL
Curated by Azikiwe Mohammed
A Bronze Age teenage girl in an ambiguous boggy locale is helping her parents who, on the cusp of agriculture, are harvesting and replanting onion grass. She tells us the story of her daily life as an onion grass harvester and how it has altered her body odor, making her undesirable to male suitors. She reminds us that at the time, males' romantic gestures consisted primarily of kidnapping, a streaming trade in teenage girls, followed by often forced impregnation with a fertility-time twist. But her rejection from these barbaric norms allows her a freedom that no able-bodied female in her community has ever experienced. Now in control of her own destiny, she tells us how she is pursuing her dream of becoming an inventor — but first she must survive. In order to increase her onion grass harvest and escape the inevitable propaganda and torture that befalls lone women, she invents the wheel. This young inventor's autonomous path reveals to her that she is a time traveler, with a rugged plight that allows her to escape the historical erasure of her female peers. By transforming geometry and inventing the object that sparks modern global transportation, she lives forever — and confirms for us that thieves like the ones she averted, colonialism, and our edited history have misused her invention to bring us to the tip of global collapse. She's not asking for credit for her invention; she just wants you to see the truth that you already know.
Please join us for an after party following the opening at our favorite neighborhood bar The Footlight, conveniently located across the street at 465 Seneca Avenue. Guests to Gloria's will receive a wristband for Happy Hour prices, beginning at 6pm.