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|My Calling (Card) #1 (for Dinners and Cocktail Parties)
Adrian Piper, 1986
I am black.
I am sure you did not realize this when you made / laughted at / agreed with that racist remark. In the past, I have attempted to alert white people to my racial identity in advance. Unfortunately, this invariably causes them to react to me as pushy, manipulative, or socially inappropriate. Therefore, my policy is to assume that white people do not make these remarks, even when they believe there are no black people present, and to distribute this card when they do.
I regret any discomfort my presence is causing you, just as I am sure you regret the discomfort your racism is causing me.
My Calling (Card) #2 (for Bars and Discos)
I am not here to pick anyone up, or to be picked up. I am alone, because I want to be here, ALONE.
This card is not intended as part of an extended flirtation.
Thank you for respecting my privacy.
Adrian Piper, 2 calling cards, 9 x 5 cm, brown / white paper, © ANGRY ART 1986. My Calling (Card) #1 and My Calling (Card) #2 are part of Adrian Piper’s series of Guerilla Performances. For images of the original cards, see: www.iub.edu/~iuam/online_modul...
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