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“Reclamation of Space” public art series reclaiming physical, abandoned space through art to encourage ethical redevelopment through a creative community engagement series.

“Reclamation of Resources” JCSU Beekeeping Collective in partnership with the Sustainability Village at JCSU. Part of the reclamation series is to creatively reclaim resources to historic West end through the installation of a small bee farm.

“Reclamation of Time” pop up art exhibition at Goodyear Arts was a collective record of work that actively reclaims time and narrative by projecting the presence of Black people, Black culture and Black history into the future. Some narratives are bleak; such as Intergalactic Soul and remind us of historic trends that work to oppress that future and that social justice is still a relevant concept in a postmodern world. Narratives such as Garden of Journey  and Fairytale Volume help us reimagine ourselves in folklore tradition; invoking god like characteristics that reshapes and empowers higher sense of self, blurring the lines of past and future. And narratives such as Future Artifacts remind us of our obligation to the future as creators of it, by recognizing our mortality as future ancestors but also present investors of our legacy.

In effort to bring new perspective on the issue of displacement, gentrification and the legacy of discriminatory housing practices such as redlining, I developed a series of collages made from digital and film images I captured of eviction scenes. What this process has helped me discover is the impact that art can have in raising awareness on issues people often distance themselves from.

In effort to bring new perspective on the issue of displacement, gentrification and the legacy of discriminatory housing practices such as redlining, I developed a series of collages made from digital and film images I captured of eviction scenes. What this process has helped me discover is the impact that art can have in raising awareness on issues people often distance themselves from.

Janelle creates visual narrative of the historic Beatties Ford Rd. Corridor through the lens of Afrofuturism as artist and curator in the RCLM 37 experimental museum space at the James B. Duke Library at Johnson C. Smith University. Taking imagery from the JCSU Digital Archives, Janelle creates imagery that blurs the lines of time to project the history of this vast yet threatened community into an equitable future.  Executive Producer of the RCLM 37 documentary and soundtrack, Janelle also brought in West Charlotte Natives such as Videographer Kill Surf, rapper/producers Elevator Jay and F.L.L.S to creatively share the historic narratives of this community. Featuring interviews from the JCSU Oral Histories project, the soundtrack includes 10 handpicked tracks from Janelle and beats from Elevator Jay and F.L.L.S, creating a multi generational narrative.


Janelle creates visual narrative of the historic Beatties Ford Rd. Corridor through the lens of Afrofuturism as artist and curator in the RCLM 37 experimental museum space at the James B. Duke Library at Johnson C. Smith University. Taking imagery from the JCSU Digital Archives, Janelle creates imagery that blurs the lines of time to project the history of this vast yet threatened community into an equitable future.

Executive Producer of the RCLM 37 documentary and soundtrack, Janelle also brought in West Charlotte Natives such as Videographer Kill Surf, rapper/producers Elevator Jay and F.L.L.S to creatively share the historic narratives of this community. Featuring interviews from the JCSU Oral Histories project, the soundtrack includes 10 handpicked tracks from Janelle and beats from Elevator Jay and F.L.L.S, creating a multi generational narrative.