"That Happened Two Years Ago. This is Charleston."
The photographs in this series are inspired by a ten month stint in Charleston as an adjunct professor teaching Women's and Gender Studies. Consistently voted the "No.1 City in the US and World," she reckons with the strangeness of a city that is both antebellum shrine and lover's paradise. Often finding her feet taking her to landmarks or nooks and crannies in a kind of trance, Spinner captured the ghostly undoctored photographs you see here. The title of this exhibit is derived from the response Spinner received from a local person of color when she asked how the Mother Emmanuel massacre is rarely talked about, how tourists come and take selfies of themselves in front of the basement entrance where Dylann Roof entered and murdered 9 African-American congregants during evening bible study. The same Church where Denmark Vesey planned a slave revolt in 1822. The same city that outlawed all African-American churches after Nat Turner's 1834 Rebellion in Virginia. Charleston, a city in which you can live in former slave quarters for months without knowing it. A city upon which you walk on the enslaved. They outnumbered their Masters. So tell me, where are they buried? This is Charleston.