We speak with composer, pianist, and vocalist Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes about The Healing Project – YBCA. The Healing Project, fundamentally an abolitionist project that explores the structures of systemic racism — particularly the prison industrial complex — in the United States.
Pinderhughes uses music, visual arts, film, and language as abolitionist action. The Healing Project takes multiple forms: as musical songs, films, an exhibition, community gatherings, live performances, and a digital library of audio interviews. The works are rooted in interviews and relationships that Pinderhughes has fostered since 2011 and have been formed by over 100 storytelling and artistic collaborators. At the center of the project are the intergenerational voices of individuals across the country, including folks incarcerated in prisons and detention centers. Their stories, experiences, and ideas serve as the foundation for The Healing Project’s vision for societal transformation.