This piece is a meditation on the strategies and pathways it takes to build systems of communal wealth rooted in reciprocity and well-being, not capitalism. This piece takes place in Leimert Park, historically and presently a space where Black folks gather in Los Angeles. The drawing on the ground is a pattern from a piece of fabric that I found; there is something to learn from the way that tapestry comes together. In the movement and curation of the video, I was thinking about building, flow, rhythm, stability and instability—ideas pulled from No Sesso’s theme of “No Money, Old Money, New Money.” The choice of location, choice of pattern and use of movement from the African diaspora is a call for ancestral and communal guidance.
Brianna Mims is a movement artist, facilitator and abolitionist. She studied dance and NGOs and social change at the University of Southern California. She currently works for Californians United for a Responsible Budget.
Where are you from, and if you are from here when did you move to L.A.?
I am from Jacksonville, Florida. I moved to L.A. in 2015.
What brought you to L.A., and what keeps you in L.A.?
I moved to L.A. to attend USC. I am still here post-graduation to continue my work as a freelance artist and organizer.
What is your practice and when did you begin?
I am a movement artist and I've been dancing since I was in elementary school.
What does the phrase "no money, old money, new money" mean to you?
No money means not having enough money to get the things we need, old money means inheriting financial wealth and new money means building financial wealth.
What do you envision L.A. will be in 10 years?
In ten years I envision L.A. as a city where art and culture have funding and a city where abolition is at the forefront of our county's legislation.
What do you envision your relationship with L.A. looking like in 10 years?
I hope L.A. will continue to be my home base, I've found such a beautiful community here!
How and where do you envision yourself in 10 years?
I have no idea.